Renewing America's historic committment to conservation
In February, we launched an ad campaign in Field & Stream and Grist called What Would Aldo do? It asked whether famous conservationists Aldo Leopold and Teddy Roosevelt would support the House agriculture committee’s proposed $6 billion in conservation cuts and provided sound policy arguments that lay the groundwork for the successful Chambliss amendment.
Exposing unregulated fracking in California
We put hydraulic fracturing on the map as an important environmental issue in California. In February, we published an exposé documenting how California regulators had turned a blind eye to fracking for decades. Until we released this report, state regulators had denied that fracking was taking place in California. There were no regulations governing the practice and no state plans to issue any.
EWG has been at the forefront of the effort to press the state of California to produce fracking regulations that protect health, the environment and the public’s right to know.
The California Department of Conservation has admitted that fracking is occurring in the state and has promised to develop regulations to control pollution generated by the process.
Protecting the Grand Canyon
In January, we helped convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining claims for the next 20 years. Salazar’s action marked a decisive victory for the national park and for 26 million Americans who depend on drinking water from the Colorado River that flows through the canyon.
EWG had campaigned for this decision for four years, beginning in December 2007 when we exposed a surge of uranium mining claims near the canyon.
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