Result

Victory for the Grand Canyon

After Environment Arizona helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, Interior Secretary Salazar put a million miles around Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new toxic mining claims for 20 years — the maximum allowed by law. Advocate Bret Fanshaw also worked with Rep. Raul Grijalva to organize more than 60 members of Congress to sign a letter to the Obama administration, urging full protection.

Result

EPA moves to restore clean water protection

After years of effort by Environment Arizona and our allies, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan in 2011 to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of Arizona's streams and wetlands -- 94% of which were left vulnerable to pollution and development by polluter-driven Supreme Court decisions. More than 500 Environment Arizona supporters emailed Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, urging them not to let polluters thwart the EPA’s plan to protect our drinking water.

Result

A strong voice for state parks

With half our state parks on the chopping block, we helped more than 2,000 Arizonans urge Gov. Jan Brewer to keep our parks open and in public hands. We also built support at the Statehouse, meeting with Senate President Steve Pierce, Senate Minority Leader David Shapira and others. And after hundreds of our supporters fought back against plans to privatize our parks, a Gov. Brewer-appointed panel took that option off the table -- at least for now. 

Result

Arizona ranked third in the nation for solar jobs

We released data showing that Arizona had the third most solar-related jobs in the country in 2011, with an estimated 4,786 people employed by 980 separate companies. As part of our ongoing effort to bring even more solar power to Arizona, we helped shine a media spotlight on the fact that the solar industry is growing 10 times faster than other sectors of the economy.

Result

Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

When the Environmental Protection Agency announced new limits to cut mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent, we helped deliver more than 800,000 public comments in favor of the rule -- a strong show of public support that will be vital as the EPA fights back against attempts by Congress to block clean air rules.

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