Result

A win for energy efficiency.

PennEnvironment’s staff and members worked together to help convince state officials to pass new energy conservation measures, making the state’s plan one of the most comprehensive in the nation to reduce energy use. This will reduce global warming pollution and help protect Pennsylvanians from rising utility costs.

Result

EPA moves to cut mercury pollution, saving 46,000 lives.

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.

Result

Delaware River protected from drilling — for now.

After we helped to deliver more than 30,000 public comments, a little-known agency called the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) chose to delay a proposal that would open up our Delaware River—and the drinking water supply for more than 15 million people—to harmful gas drilling.

Result

EPA to limit air pollution from gas drilling.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently held hearings nationwide, including in Pittsburgh, on newly proposed regulations that would drastically cut down on air pollution from gas and oil sites across the country. With hundreds of Pennsylvanians turning out to show their support for clean air regulations, and thousands more sending public comments, we should see these regulations in place by the spring of 2012.

Result

Speaking out against drilling.

Hundreds of our members and other concerned citizens flooded the Statehouse during our Lobby Day in 2011, meeting with more than 150 legislators about the need to protect our environment from Marcellus Shale gas drilling and joining our advocate Erika Staaf, [center], at a rally in the Statehouse.

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