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.
Driving the climate change message home
We’ve helped educate thousands of people across the state about the threat global warming poses to our economy and public health, showing that four out of five Americans live in counties that experienced federal weather disasters between 2006 and 2011, and that global warming loads the dice for more extreme weather events.
Protecting the Hocking Hills region from fracking
As the gas industry prepares for a boom in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Ohio, we've talked to thousands of Ohioans and shone a media spotlight on the issue. We're working declare our forests and rural landscapes—such as the Hocking Hills region—off limits to fracking, and to win stronger protections to ensure that gas companies don't endanger public health.
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 Ohioans 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 young children and babies in utero, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that power plants like the Gavin Power Plant must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.