Result

Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April 2011, the Senate defeated four more bills to cut air pollution.

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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we helped gather 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down. Environment Michigan has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

Result

The biggest clean water victory in a decade

The Great Lakes will soon be better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. This spring, at the urging of our staff and members, the EPA proposed a rule to restore protections to more than 23,000 miles of streams that feed the Great Lakes — and the drinking water for 1.4 million Michiganders.

Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Michigan's power plants will release 90 percent less mercury pollution into our air and water under new EPA standards we supported—great news for Michigan's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across America to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support. And our statewide limits on mercury emissions provided the basis for the EPA's nationwide standards.

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