Mary Anne Hitt

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.

“Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn On Your Lungs,” and Other Reasons For Strong Smog Pollution Standards

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 …

North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

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 …

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

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 …

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