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Mono Lake

September 28, 1994

Mono Lake — court decided minimum stream flows must be maintained.

Exxon Valdez disaster

March 24, 1989

Chernobyl

April 26, 1986

The Number Four reactor at Chernobyl suffered a disastrous explosion and fire. Thirty-one people died in the days after the accident but many thousands were subjected to radiation. The nuclear power industry has never recovered from the effects of the publicity given to this, the worst nuclear accident to date.

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

1980

Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, designating over 100 million acres of parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas.

Three Mile Island

March 28, 1979

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant almost had a meltdown, giving the nuclear power industry a permanent black eye.