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Victory for the Grand Canyon

After Environment Arizona helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, Interior Secretary Salazar put a million miles around Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new toxic mining claims for 20 years — the maximum allowed by law. Advocate Bret Fanshaw also worked with Rep. Raul Grijalva to organize more than 60 members of Congress to sign a letter to the Obama administration, urging full protection.

News Release | Environment Arizona

Ariz Reps including Sinema, Kirkpatrick vote to block Clean Power Plan in spite of increasing calls for bold climate action

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House voted yesterday to derail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which makes deep cuts in carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of global warming pollution. Bret Fanshaw with Environment Arizona issued the following statement in response:

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Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

A review of 11 recent studies shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering.

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News Release | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Report: Utilities like Arizona Public Service vastly undervalue solar energy

PHOENIX – Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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News Release | Environment Arizona

Obama administration issues rule to protect Arizona waterways from pollution

Today, top Obama administration officials announced a final rule to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years. Loopholes created by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 had left 94 percent of Arizona’s small streams, washes, headwaters, wetlands, and other waterways unprotected from pollution under the law.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

Wetlands are more than just scenic parts of America’s natural landscape. They are also home to wildlife and perform many vital functions that protect the health of our waterways and communities. Of crucial importance for our towns and cities, wetlands also offer flood protection by absorbing large amounts of water that may fall during a storm before releasing it slowly into the environment. 

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