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VICTORY: ATLANTIC COAST PROTECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

The Atlantic Coast won a major victory when the Obama administration abandoned its plans to open the southern Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling for the first time in decades. Leading up to the announcement, Environment America and colleagues presented Obama officials with letters signed by more than 1,000 East Coast businesses opposed to the drilling proposal.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Hundreds of Atlantic Coast Groups Urge Continued Leadership for Offshore Wind

Hundreds of Atlantic Coast groups, businesses and officials joined together on a national letter to President Obama and his agency heads, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

New smog standard better but not good enough for our kids' health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today set a tighter but inadequate new standard for ozone, the health-threatening pollutant that forms when sunlight mixes with emissions from factories, power plants, and vehicles. Ozone -- sometimes known as smog -- triggers asthma attacks, worsens lung disease and can cut lives short.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.

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Report | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Virginians. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Virginia Leaders Voice Support for Clean Power Plan

Following the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan today, six Virginia elected officials, health professionals and business and faith leaders, including Senator Donald McEachin and Delegate Alfonso Lopez, voiced their support for the EPA’s plan to combat climate change at a tele-press conference, and called on Virginia's local, state, and national leaders to do the same.

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