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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

Environment California Acknowledges EPA Offshore Fracking Rules, Calls on Governor to Ban Fracking Statewide

Sacramento—The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new rules for offshore fracking in California. Oil and gas companies will soon be required to report the fracking chemicals they discharge into the ocean. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

“Fracking is an environmental nightmare for California. This dirty drilling pollutes our air and water, turns beautiful places into industrial zones, and threatens California’s leadership towards solving global warming. While I am encouraged by EPA’s attention to this issue, these new disclosure rules are only a first step towards protecting California from fracking.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and California’s National Parks are Underfunded, Under Threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment California Research & Policy Center analysis entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts exposes the challenges facing California’s National Parks as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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News Release | Environment California

Statements on Electric Vehicles Provisions in the Governor's 2014-2015 Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown introduced his 2014-2015 state budget proposal at a Capitol news conference this morning. The budget summary designates up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to advance the objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign to put one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the road and make sure that every Californian enjoys the benefits of cleaner air and roads.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Court of Appeal grants Environment California’s motion, upholds plastic bag ban

San Francisco – The California Court of Appeal has definitely affirmed California’s cities’ right to protect the environment by banning single-use plastic bags. The Court today agreed to publish its unanimously decision to uphold San Francisco’s plastic bag ban in a December 10 decision, creating a legal precedent on which other cities may rely. Today’s ruling sets the stage for more cities to adopt local laws phasing out plastic bags, and to strengthen their existing laws by expanding them to include restaurants.

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News Release | Environment California

Ventura plastic bag ban moves ahead

Ventura—The Ventura City Council voted tonight to draft a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags. City staff will develop an ordinance, based on a region-wide model, and return for a final vote as early as this fall. To date, 90 California local governments have already banned plastic bags, only 10 away from 100.

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