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Holding illegal polluters accountable.

GenOn Energy illegally dumped manganese, selenium and other pollutants into the Conemaugh River for years. In 2007, we sued to stop the pollution. In 2011, a judge ruled the company liable for a staggering 8,684 Clean Water Act violations. GenOn was ordered to end the pollution and pay a record-breaking $3.75 million to restore the river.

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Clean Cars Triple Win Would Save Pennsylvanians $2.3 billion this Summer

As Pennsylvanians get ready for summer road trips, a PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center report finds that cleaner, more fuel efficient cars would significantly slash oil consumption and global warming pollution across the state. The report, Summer on the Road: Going Farther on a Gallon of Gas, was released as the Obama administration is on the verge of finalizing fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks that achieve a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025.

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Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.  Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. 

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Pennsylvania Water 7th Most Polluted In Nation

Industrial facilities dumped more than 10 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Pennsylvania’s waterways, making the state’s waterways the seventh worst in the nation, according to a new report released today by PennEnvironment.

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Region's rivers are some of nation's most polluted

Forty years ago this week the federal Clean Water Act was passed, setting a goal to make all of America's rivers, streams, lakes and estuaries "fishable and swimmable" by 1983.

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Editorial: Toxic status quo: There's a long way to go in cleaning up waterways

Pittsburgh's rivers have become such popular spots for recreation that it's been easy to assume that toxin-laden waters were a relic of the region's past.

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