The Chicago Tribune cited our Highway Boondoggles report with U.S. PIRG Education Fund in editorializing against the $1.3 billion Illiana Parkway. The report also sparked debate about controversial highway projects in Arizona and Texas ... Tony Dutzik posted at Streetsblog about new tools state officials can use to account for changing transportation trends in their planning ... The city council in Savannah, Georgia, discussed the findings of our report (with Environment America Research & Policy Center) on industrial discharges of toxic chemicals to waterways, including the local Savannah River.
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Tony Dutzik analyzes Census data to find out whether Millennials are moving to cities more or just leaving them less, and discusses why you should pay attention to changing driving trends among Millennials, even if you're sick of hearing about them ... Elizabeth Ridlington dissects media coverage of a recent study on the impact of fracking on drinking water ... Tom Van Heeke celebrates his slightly longer commute, the price to be paid for a new subway station that has unlocked transit-oriented development near Boston ... Frontier Group's September Update highlights wasteful highway projects across the country, suggests better ways for Wisconsin to spend its transportation money, exposes U.S. coal-fired power plants as a major global source of pollution that harms the climate, and more.
New Report: Waterways Restored
In the early 1970s, many American rivers and streams were contaminated with toxic industrial pollution, choked with untreated sewage and trash, and, in many cases, devoid of aquatic life. In 2014, 42 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, many of these formerly degraded waterways are returning to health. The 15 case studies in Waterways Restored: The Clean Water Act's Impact on 15 American Rivers, Lakes and Bays show that when the Clean Water Act applies to waterways, it is a powerful and effective tool for improving water quality for humans and wildlife. (10/21/14) (Photo: Cheryl Harner)
New Report: America's Dirtiest Power Plants
America’s power plants are among the leading global sources of the dangerous carbon pollution that is fueling global warming. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan, America now has a blueprint for bold action that would cut power plant pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. In America’s Dirtiest Power Plants, we document the global scale of U.S. power plant pollution and the urgent need to strengthen and implement the Clean Power Plan. (9/18/14) (Photo: James Marvin Phelps)