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Statement: AGs defend California’s waiver for Clean Car Standards

A coalition of 20 states and three cities filed a motion on Thursday to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to restore California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which allows them to set stronger greenhouse gas emission standards than the federal government. The motion responds to a lawsuit filed by 17 Republican-led states, challenging EPA’s action in March, 2022 to restore state authority. 

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Update: Biden cancels three offshore drilling lease sales | Kelsey Lamp

In a victory for marine life, climate, Biden administration cancels three oil leases in ocean waters. 

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Update: Two more states take action to limit lead in schools' drinking water | John Rumpler

Legislators in Missouri and Colorado have just approved bills requiring remediation when lead in schools' drinking water exceeds 5 parts per billion (ppb). The new limits are a step in the right direction, and they come on the wake of our updated map showing widespread lead contamination of schools' water across the country.  

Yet stronger action will be needed to ensure safe drinking water for our kids. Lead can harm children at very low levels, and lead concentrations in water can vary, and so these "test and remediate" policies are likely to leave many sources of contamination unfixed. A better approach is for schools to pro-actively get the lead out - for example, replacing all lead-bearing water fountains with new water bottle stations that have filters certified to remove lead. 

Fortunately, schools have the resources to go beyond the new legislation.  Families, community leaders and school officials can find more information in our Get the Lead Out toolkit.

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Update: California about to adopt big goals for offshore wind | Laura Deehan

California is eyeing ambitious goals for how much energy should be coming from offshore wind over the next 30 years. 

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An opportunity for renewable energy: California offshore wind | Laura Deehan

One of the state’s largest potential clean energy resources isn’t “in” California at all, but rather just off the coast. Offshore wind energy has been generating clean electricity in other parts of the world for decades and California is taking the opening steps toward unlocking its massive potential.

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