Through our activism and advocacy, Arizona is now set to get at least 15% of its energy from clean and renewable sources by 2025. This will ensure that more homes and businesses can tap into the energy of the sun and the power of the wind. Arizonans will also save money with energy efficiency measures included in this law.
Report highlights threats to our drinking water.
Environment Arizona Advocate Bret Fanshaw released a report, "Courting Disaster," spotlighting short-sighted legal decisions have allowed polluters to dump into and pave over streams and wetlands that feed our water supply. We're calling on Congress not to block the Environmental Protection Agency from restoring Clean Water Act protections to all of the nation's waters.
No new toxic mining near the Grand Canyon
As the Department of the Interior debated whether to allow uranium mining on the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, we released research showing that every uranium mining site in the West has required some degree of toxic cleanup. Interior Secretary Salazar decided to ban new mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law.
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 of Arizonans who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Navajo Generating Station must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.