In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the tens of thousands of Oregonians who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for pregnant women and young children, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that coal-fired power plants like Boardman must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.
Oregon Receives Power from 5 of Nation’s 100 Dirtiest Power Plants
Environment Oregon brought together Angus Duncan, chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission; OSU Professor Andreas Schmittner; the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition; Southern Oregon Climate Action Now for the release of the report, America's Dirtiest Power Plants. The report finds that even as Oregon works to cut carbon pollution and transition to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America.
New Report: Wind Power for a Cleaner America II
America’s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years--with Oregon ranking 8th in the nation last year for wind energy production. Thanks to wind energy, America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate-altering carbon pollution. “Clean energy opportunities in Oregon, like wind power, can be part of the solution in addressing climate change,” said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon’s First Congressional District.
"Wasting our Waterways" Report Release
Today, Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center released our new report, "Wasting our Waterways," in Portland, Bend, and Eugene documenting the toxic chemicals released in Oregon's waterways in 2012.