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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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We're keeping Pennsylvania safe from fracking.

2013 was one of marked progress in our fight to protect Pennsylvania against Marcellus Shale gas drilling. We helped deliver the largest fracking petition of its kind in state history, released three new fracking reports, and helped produce a fracking exposé. But the biggest victory of the year came when the state’s heavily-slanted pro-drilling law that once gave drillers carte blanche to drill where they want, when they want, was finally overturned.

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