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Oppose HB 1659- Limiting environmental permitting

On behalf of PennEnvironment’s citizen members I am writing to ask you to oppose House Bill 1659 in tomorrow’s Environmental Resources and Energy (ERE) Committee.   

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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.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Summer on the Road: Going Further on a Gallon of Gas

As summer approaches, the dangers of our continued dependence on oil are apparent everywhere we look. Our oil dependence risks our environment to disasters like oil spills, endangers our climate with the nearly 2 billion metric tons of global warming pollution from oil consumption each year, and threatens our families’ health.  If our cars and trucks today met the proposed 54.5 mpg standard, Pennsylvanians would cut gasoline consumption by 603 million gallons over the course of this summer, slashing global warming pollution by more than 5.3 million metric tons and saving consumers over $2.3 billion at the gas pump. 

News Release | PennEnvironment

Citizens Voice Support for Clean Cars at Philadelphia Hearing

More than one hundred citizens, including doctors, experts, religious leaders, elected officials, and small business owners turned out to voice their support for cleaner cars at a federal public hearing in Philadelphia today. The hearing, one of three being held nationally, was hosted by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation to gauge public opinion on new clean car standards being proposed for new vehicles sold from 2017-2025.

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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.

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EPA puts polluters on notice with new air rules

  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its final health-based rules for controlling mercury, acid gases and other air toxics from coal-burning power plants.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Danger in the Air

All Americans should be able to breathe clean air. But pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation’s children and families at risk. Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants. This report looks at the number of days that were considered unhealthy for sensitive populations across cities nationwide. The report also shows new data showing the problem is worse than the public thought.

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We're standing up for our rivers and streams.

Whether you’re kayaking in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, fishing in the Susquehanna, or walking along the Schuylkill, our rivers and streams are a big part of what makes Pennsylvania so special. For decades, we’ve held the line for our waterways and fought tooth and nail to protect them from polluters. But in 2013, we came closer than ever to our biggest clean water victory in decades when President Obama took a much-needed step to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that give polluters free rein to exploit the waters we love.

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Opinion: TRAIN wreck waits to happen

On Sept. 23, the U.S. House passed legislation that would greatly limit government's ability to curb air pollution.

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Statement: Gov. Perry’s Proposal is Too Dirty and Dangerous for Pennsylvania

Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry unveiled a proposing to remove protections against pollution generated by the coal and gas industry. Gov. Perry’s speech comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to set standards to limit the air pollution associated with gas drilling.

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