Result

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.

Result

At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward for clean cars.

On July 29th, 2011, President Obama announced the outline of new clean car standards covering cars and light trucks through 2025. The new standards will require new cars to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 miles per galllon, which will amount to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming. Thousands of our members helped seal the deal by emailing the White House and attending EPA hearings in support of the standards.

Result

Preserving the Upper Peninsula.

We all want our forests to stay pristine and wild for generations to come, and we've worked to keep them that way. We won strong protections for Carney Fen—2,326 acres of forest and marsh in the Upper Peninsula—from logging and encroaching development.

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