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PFAS is a dirty word, as one Texas airport executive recently told our Volenteer Monique Eckelmann.  Perhaps more than a dirty word, since even the FDA has acknowledged that there is scientific evidence that it causes serious health conditions. What is McDonald's doing to keep us safe? 

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Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

A coal-fired power plant south of Houston wants to renew its permit to pollute and local residents are saying enough is enough. 

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Catherine Fraser
Clean Air Associate

Refineries and chemical plants along the Gulf Coast are shutting down ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall. These shutdown events, however, often are significant pollution events. 

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've been working for decades to protect this 19 million acre wilderness, and we're not giving up now.

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Alex Ferraro
Content Creator

One of the issues that most reliably gets people excited and engaged is our campaign to defend our public lands, especially the Tongass National Forest. But why are people from California to Texas to Maine so passionate about a forest in remote southern Alaska? Much of that passion owes to the fact that some places stir the imagination and therefore, the soul. People also understand intuitively that the campaign to save the Tongass is about something larger than even that vast forest: It’s about what we value as a society.

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Michaela Morris
Associate, Protect Our Oceans, Environment America

Check out the following list of some of our favorite ocean livestreams. These livestreams dive deep into the big blue sea, exploring everything from jellies to coral reefs. 

The Texas Water Development Board will require all projects submited to its Flood Infrastructure Fund to consider nature-based features in their proposals.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Seven of our summer interns testified in a public meeting last week about the importance of protecting critical habitat in the Gulf of Mexico by expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Rain gardens, green roofs and other nature based infrastructure help mitigate flooding and reduce water pollution. 

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Anna Farrell-Sherman
Clean Water Associate

Off the coast of Texas, spectacular coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary provide a home for sea turtles, manta rays, and all manner of ocean life-and now, we have a chance to expand the sanctuary to protect more of these special places.