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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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In the Path of the Storm

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States, and climate science tells us that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes.  Since 2007, federally declared weather-related disasters in the United States have affected counties housing 243 million people – or nearly four out of five Americans.

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100,000 Signatures for a Moratorium on Fracking Delivered to Gov. Tom Corbett

With public concern about serious harms caused by the gas drilling process known as fracking continuing to rise, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and a coalition of public health, community and environmental groups delivered more than 100,000 petitions to the state Legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett today. The petition calls for a moratorium on gas drilling in Pennsylvania until our environment and public health can be protected. 

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"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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