News Release | Environment America

Statement: United States surpasses 2 million milestone for solar installations

The United States now boasts more than two million solar panel installations, according to data released today by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). While it took decades to reach one million in 2016, the next million took just three years.

News Release | Environment America

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell introduces bill to promote clean water, green infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida introduced a bill today that utilizes green infrastructure to prevent wastewater and stormwater pollution. This legislation, called the Water Infrastructure, Sustainability and Efficiency (WISE) Act, ensures federal money for clean water projects that promote green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative activities. It also advances a long-standing Environment America priority.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Environment America endorses “Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act”

Five Congressmen introduced a bill this week to combat toxic drinking water pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). While PFAS chemicals are putting the drinking water of millions of Americans at risk, EPA has failed to set a clear limit to drive cleanup of contaminated water. This bill would jump-start the process of creating an overall limit on PFAS in our drinking water. 

News Release | Environment Maine

Environment Maine’s Statement on Governor Mills’ bipartisan Maine Climate Council Bill

Today Governor Janet T Mills announced a climate action bill, L.R. 2478, “An Act to Create the Maine Climate Council to Assist Maine to Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change,” sponsored by Senator David Woodsome (R-York). This bill aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 and 45% by 2030. It also aims to power Maine’s electricity sector with 100% renewable energy by 2050 and by 80% by 2030. The Maine Climate Council will include working groups to that will focus on the broad impacts of climate change, including a scientific and technical working group,a transportation working group, and a coastal and marine working group. The Climate Council will report progress to the public and update the Maine State Climate Plan every four years.

News Release | Environment Maine

Statement: Gov. Mills signs first-in-the-nation foam ban into law

 Gov. Janet Mills has signed the first statewide foam ban in the country into law. Beginning January 1, 2020, LD 289 prohibits the sale of disposable food service containers made in whole or in part by polystyrene -- commonly referred to as Styrofoam.  While several other states have similar bills moving through their legislature, Maine is the first to put the law on the books. Maine will serve as an example for other states to follow.

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