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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

Attack on Clean Water Blocked by US Senate

Today, Senator Casey and other champions of clean water beat back an attempt by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to roll back the Clean Water Rule, which restores protections for streams that feed the Schuylkill and helps provide drinking water for over eight million Pennsylvanians.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Toxic Ten

Ten industrial polluters in Allegheny County emitted a total of 1.4 million pounds of toxic pollutants into the air in 2013 – including substances linked to cancer, breathing problems, heart disease and nervous system damage.  More than one in three Allegheny County residents lives within three miles of those 10 facilities.

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New Report: Allegheny County’s “Toxic Ten” Emit 1.4 million pounds of toxics in one year

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center released a new report today that identifies the ten industrial facilities in Allegheny County releasing the most hazardous toxins into the air.

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Research center releases report on proximity of fracking operations to vulnerable population, new coalition launched

The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center's new report was featured in the Times Leader.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Dangerous and Close

Drilling companies are fracking for shale gas in close proximity to many vulnerable Pennsylvanians. There are fracking operations within 1 mile of 166 schools, 165 child care providers, 21 nursing care providers and six hospitals.  

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