After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for young children and babies in utero, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that power plants across New Jersey and the nation must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate hundreds of thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing every county in New Jersey experienced federal weather disasters between 2007 and 2012. Global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the thousands in New Jersey who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.