News Release | Environment Georgia

Statement: U.S. House passes major public lands bill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems that are plaguing America’s public lands. With a final vote of 310-107, the bill garnered considerable bipartisan support, and now heads to the President’s desk. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House advances greenest budget in recent memory

The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for a number of important environmental programs Friday as part of the FY21 funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). Most notably, the budget dedicates emergency funding for many of the infrastructure proposals in the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), including $10.2 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. Additionally, the bill blocks the administration’s attempts to: open the Tongass National Forest to logging; drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge; expand offshore drilling; weaken protections on toxic mercury and arsenic emissions; and open the Boundary Waters to toxic pollution from sulfide mining.

News Release | Environment Georgia

Georgia Legislature adjourns without passing critical coal ash legislation

ATLANTA -- Legislation that would warn communities when toxic coal ash ponds are drained into fresh water nearby (HB 93) stalled in the state Senate Committee on Rules on Friday, the last day of the 2019-2020 legislative session.

News Release | Environment America

Congressional co-sponsors of Great American Outdoors Act speak out at Environment America virtual rally for public lands

Sen. Manchin, lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, spoke to the broad bipartisan support for the bill, and commented on how a desire to protect our nation’s public lands for future generations unites us all as well. “Passing the Great American Outdoors Act is an investment in our nation and our future generations, and will ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy the wild and wonderful outdoor spaces of America for decades to come,” he said.

News Release | Environment Georgia

One coal ash bill headed to Governor’s desk

Atlanta, GA--SB 123 by Sen. William Ligon has become the first bill passed by the Georgia General Assemblyto deal specifically with coal ash. The legislation passed out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 142 to 15 and was agreed on in the Senate 39 to 9. Two other bills that deal with coal ash, SB 384 and HB 93 await votes in the House and Senate, respectively.

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