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We sued polluters breaking the law and won.

When it comes to polluters breaking our cornerstone environmental laws or regulators who aren’t taking the proper steps to make sure polluters comply with these laws, PennEnvironment has long worked to use the power of citizen enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act to address these issues. In 2013, PennEnvironment announced two legal actions to address the lax behavior of polluters and state agencies that caused more air and water pollution in Pennsylvania.

News Release | PennEnvironment

"Fossil Fools" rally highlights Rep. Murphy’s foolish voting record on public health

Activists rallied in front of Congressman Tim Murphy’s office in Mount Lebanon today calling on him to better protect public health and end his foolish ties to the dirty coal industry. He has repeatedly voted against policies that would limit harmful air pollution from sources like coal plants, although his district suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the nation. Both Allegheny and Westmoreland counties have failing or near failing air quality, exceeding safe levels of soot and smog that can cause lung disease, heart attacks and severe asthma attacks. In fact, right outside his office, a full twelve percent of students in the Mount Lebanon school district suffer from asthma.

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Concerned citizens trek 12 miles in the name of protecting Loyalsock State Forest

Pennsylvanians from every walk of life and all corners of the state met outside of Williamsport today to partake in a symbolic 12-mile trek to defend Loyalsock State Forest from a pending gas drilling proposal.  Most of these concerned citizens had never met before, but were moved by the call to action to defend the beloved Old Logger’s Path found in the state forest, known for its beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking vistas.

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Advocates Push for Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture advocates believe healthy farms is a triple win for Pennsylvania as it benefits the state’s economy and farmers, protects the natural environment and is good for health in what’s called the “farm to table” movement

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

PennEnvironment Responds to Resignation of DEP Secretary Krancer

Statement of David Masur, PennEnvironment Director, regarding the announcement that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael Krancer will step down April 15. 

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Growing Foodie Movement Sparks Sustainable Agriculture Blueprint

As the first day of spring arrives, symbolizing the beginning of a fruitful growing season for Pennsylvania farmers, more and more of the state’s residents are looking for ways to promote sustainable agriculture and healthy farming in their lives and through the political decisions they and their elected leaders make. To help guide the growing “Farm to Table” movement, PennEnvironment released a new study today that outlines how sustainable farming benefits our environment, economy, and public health--and offers a blueprint of state policies to improve our food system.

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