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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.
More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.