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Mary Anne Hitt
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Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate coal's contribution to global warming and repower the nation with clean energy.

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Big Victory for Public Health: Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:25 AM

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families. The court decision keeps in place the U.S. Environmental...

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Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the wind industry now employs more than 80,000 Americans and generates enough electricity to power 15 million homes. Wind is providing...

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Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn on Your Lungs

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:39 PM

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution -- also...

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North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered Duke Energy dumping some 61 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into yet another waterway - the Cape Fear River. Duke Energy has been cited...

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Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

I am thrilled for students at the University of Georgia: After more than four years of campaigning, gathering more than 5,000 signatures and 100 faculty endorsements, and a slew of community and campus events, the UGA Beyond Coal Campaign is seeing some serious results. Last week the UGA administration...

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Agencies Dodge Responsibility for Human Cost of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:09 PM

This week, we got some disappointing news - a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't responsible for considering the health effects of coal pollution when it issues permits to fill valleys with rubble from mountaintop-removal coal mines. As Appalachian residents continue to suffer every year from well-documented...

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Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the company to clean up its toxic coal ash, in the wake of a spill that decimated 70 miles of the Dan River. It was the culmination of a...

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New Poll, Rally Show WV, NC and Beyond are Fed Up With Coal Industry's Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 11:03 AM

West Virginians hold the coal industry responsible for air and water contamination in the state, and they are tired of the stranglehold they believe the industry's lobbyists have on state politics.

That's just one of many powerful findings of a new poll out today about the aftermath of the...

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Enough Is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:24 PM

When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic...

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New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Public hearing in Washington, DC, Thursday will be packed with supporters.

This week we once again heard the call for action from Americans loud and clear: They want clean energy and they want it right away. On Tuesday the Sierra Club released a new poll with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner...

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At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Late Wednesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations compelling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize safeguards against coal ash pollution by the end of this year. EPA first...

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The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Earlier this week my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist."

For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet...

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Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:03 PM

As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week's coal chemical spill. More than 300,000 people in the WV capital of Charleston and downstream counties have been without water for eight days...

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Marquee Investor Backs Away from Coal Exports in the Northwest

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:55 AM

One of the largest investment banks in the world has backed away from the Cherry Point coal export proposal in Washington.

Earlier this week, financial giant Goldman Sachs sold off its stake in the parent company of SSA Marine, the developer of the dirty and...

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Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:43 PM

This coming Sunday, Dec. 22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant's ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in...

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What's at Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in Our Highest Courts on December 10

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 2:27 PM

This Tuesday, December 10, our nation's highest courts will hear two landmark Clean Air Act cases that have big implications for public health. First and foremost, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

Back in 2011, EPA unveiled this update...

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Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway That's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Today, Appalachian community leaders are in Washington, D.C., to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Mountaintop removal coal mining is already a shocking, devastating, and destructive practice on its own -- but what happens when you add in...

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#ClimateThanks: 5 Things I'm Thankful for this Year

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:03 AM

This Thanksgiving, people around the country are using the hashtag #ClimateThanks on Twitter to share who and what they're thankful for in the fight against climate disruption.

As director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, I have the great honor of working with people across the...

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Illinois College Students Vote Six to One in Favor of Divestment

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Americans continue to demand clean energy from the local to national level, and here's yet another amazing example of quick, successful organizing by college students in Illinois. I'll let my colleagues tell you all the wonderful details:

Illinois College Students Vote Six to One in Favor of Divestment
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Country's Largest Public Power Provider Takes Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers are three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky. Retiring these coal boilers means less pollution in the air and water in the southeast U.S. According to the Clean Air Task Force, the Colbert coal...

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