Result

Victory for Newport's harbor and beaches.

Newport’s harbor and beaches are on the road to recovery after years of illegal pollution from Middletown and Newport. In 2007 our staff joined local citizens to file a Clean Water Act citizens’ suit against the towns to stop their pollution. In 2010 and 2011, we won strong settlements requiring the towns to clean up their act.

Result

At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.

On August 28, President Obama finalized new clean car standards—54.5 miles per gallon—covering cars and light trucks through 2025, which amounts to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

Result

Taking illegal polluters to court

The Wood-Pawcatuck River will be less polluted thanks to our lawsuit against a chronic polluter in South County. The plant was forced to pay for violating the Clean Water Act, and had to install modern pollution control equipment.

Result

Preventing summer smog

In 2006, we joined with the American Lung Association to stop a power plant in Providence from being permitted to burn oil during the summer smog season.

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