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News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Groups issue new toolkit on lead in school’s drinking water

With the bipartisan infrastructure bill now signed into law, Environment America Research & Policy Center (Environment America's research partner) and U.S. PIRG Education Fund (PIRG's research partner) released a new toolkit for parents and community leaders on Tuesday on how to get the lead out of schools’ drinking water. The infrastructure bill includes $200 million for schools to conduct lead reduction efforts.

News Release | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

New report: Washington among national leaders in electric vehicle adoption

Washington ranks #4 in the nation for cumulative electric vehicle sales through 2020, according to a new report released today by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021 documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and heat pumps.

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

EPA’s PFAS plan would limit toxic chemicals, but falls short of phase out

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new plan on Monday to deal with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances that are linked to serious health risks, including liver damage, birth defects and cancer. 

News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Thousands urge EPA to protect waterways from pollution

Nearly 30,000 people are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end the dumping of PFAS chemicals, and thousands more are telling the agency to dramatically reduce pollution from slaughterhouses. Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund submitted comments from these individuals to the EPA Thursday as the agency considers updating pollution control standards, which is required by the Clean Water Act.  The groups are also calling on the EPA to strengthen standards for other industrial sources -- including power plants and refineries.

News Release | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

New report: Trouble in the Air: Seattle metro area experienced 47 days of polluted air in 2020

Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue, home to four million people, suffered through 47 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from EnvironmentWashington Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and WashPIRG Foundation. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer, and other adverse health impacts.

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