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We're defending Loyalsock State Forest from drilling.

Loyalsock State Forest is one of the crown jewels of Pennsylvania’s state forest system, providing thousands of visitors with world-class hiking, canoeing and camping experiences each year. So when Gov. Tom Corbett proposed opening some of the most pristine parts of Loyalsock to fracking, PennEnvironment swung into action. Because of the public support we helped build in 2013, wild places like the crystal blue Rock Run and historic Old Loggers Path remain off-limits to drilling.

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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.

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We won monumental clean car standards.

PennEnvironment helped convince state officials to implement the Pennsylvania Clean Cars program, which would reduce annual global warming pollution from cars and trucks in Pennsylvania by 25 percent. Our work helped pave the way for President Obama to announce similar national standards in 2011.

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We've helped cut dangerous mercury pollution.

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to cut mercury, soot and smog pollution from power plants. We expect these standards to save more than 46,000 lives each year. PennEnvironment’s staff built support across the state to ensure these rules were adopted.

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We're fighting for park protection.

Valley Forge. Ohiopyle. Gettysburg. The Delaware Water Gap. These and dozens of Pennsylvania parks are the places where we go to hike, fish, and get a breath of fresh air with our friends and family. This year, PennEnvironment helped convince Sen. Robert Casey to support funding for one of America’s most important—and successful—park preservation programs. This will ensure the best places in Pennsylvania and across the nation will be funded and protected now and for future generations.

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