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The Reading Viaduct: Philly’s park in the sky

Imagine a green oasis just minutes from Center City Philadelphia — a place where you could go for a relaxing walk, eat a quiet lunch, or read a book while surrounded by nature and simultaneously enjoying fantastic views of the city. This vision can become a reality if we can convince Reading International, the company that owns most of the Reading Viaduct elevated railway and has let it sit abandoned for decades, to donate the Viaduct to the city to be transformed into a cutting-edge park.

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Repower Pennsylvania

From smog-emitting coal-fired power plants to dangerous Marcellus Shale drilling to the toxic threat of nuclear power, the ways that we produce and use energy in Pennsylvania have a severe impact on our environment and health. PennEnvironment is working toward a new energy future that promotes clean, renewable energy and uses efficient technologies to help protect the planet.

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Protect Our State Parks and Forests

Our state parks and forests are some of the most extensive in the country, a symbol of our commitment to preserve Pennsylvania’s natural heritage for generations to come. Sadly, these great places face many threats, from drilling to budget cuts.

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Protect Our Rivers and Streams

From Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers to the smaller streams in our backyards, Pennsylvania’s waterways are part of what make living here so great. Yet incredibly, more than 15,000 miles of our streams and rivers are so polluted that they’re considered unsafe for fishing and swimming. This is partially because polluters take advantage of inadequate protections for more than half of Pennsylvania’s streams, leaving them vulnerable to more pollution.

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Protect Our Parks

From Valley Forge to our awe-inspiring state parks like Ohiopyle and Ricketts Glen, these are our greatest places—for PA and the nation. We’re working to make sure our parks have the resources they need to stave off threats like encroaching overdevelopment, mining, drilling and pollution.

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Keep Pennsylvania Safe From Drilling

Powerful gas industry lobbyists and their allies in Harrisburg are pushing through policies that would expose our environment and communities to the dangers of shale gas drilling. But they've got a fight on their hands — thousands of Pennsylvanians are joining our call to help stop gas drilling from contaminating our drinking water, polluting our air, destroying our forests and threatening our health.

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Healthy Farms, Healthy Food

We should be doing everything we can to promote healthy farms and healthy foods in Pennsylvania, but politicians in Harrisburg have let sustainable agriculture programs expire.

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Global Warming Solutions

Global warming is the most pressing environmental problem facing the planet today — and Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for global warming pollution. PennEnvironment is working aggressively to promote commonsense solutions to this profound challenge.

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Clean Air, Healthy Families

New EPA clean air standards will cut mercury pollution by 90% and save 46,000 lives each year. The coal industry and their friends in Congress are trying to roll back these standards, but we’re urging Congress to let the EPA do its job and move forward with its commonsense plan to protect public health.