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Our action against illegal polluters led to historic victory.

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 2016, PennEnvironment litigated a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit against the largest steel company in the world, ArcelorMittal, after uncovering hundreds of environmental violations at the company's coal processing facility located just outside of Pittsburgh in the city of Monessen, PA.  A settlement is now in sight that will require the company to upgrade the facility, reduce its pollution, pay a significant civil penalty, and comply at last with the Clean Air Act.

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STATEMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AMERICA AND ITS STATE AFFILIATES IN PA, NJ, AND NY: SUPPORTING HISTORIC PROPOSAL TO PROTECT DELAWARE RIVER

[Philadelphia, PA] – Today the regional multi-state agency (the Delaware River Basin Commission, DRBC) charged with preserving and restoring the Delaware River, its tributaries and watershed made a historic announcement for protecting this important local waterway by proposing to ban the oil and gas drilling practice known as “fracking” within the Delaware River Basin.

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What to do when the Waffle House closes: Advice from an Irma evacuee | Jennifer Rubiello

Friday morning at 5 a.m. The sky is dark, but the roads are clear and I’m just a few miles away from my AirBnb in Murfreesboro, Tennessee — valuables, pup and nourishment in tow. After 18 hours of driving, I’m exhausted but grateful to be out of harm’s way.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pollution would get worse for Lake Erie with budget cuts, new report says

Erie, PA – Proposed cuts to EPA clean water programs would halt progress on addressing industrial waste, sewage runoff, and agricultural pollution in Lake Erie, according to a new report released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.  With a deadline for Congress to approve a federal budget fast approaching, State Representative Pat Harkins, County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper joined PennEnvironment in calling for full funding of EPA to protect Lake Erie and other Pennsylvania waterways.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Trump budget cuts would devastate Delaware River protection efforts, new report says.

Philadelphia, PA – Proposed cuts to clean water programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) by the Trump administration would dramatically halt progress on addressing many of the greatest threats facing the Delaware River including sewage pollution, industrial pollutants and mine pollution, according to a new report released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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