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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.

News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Announces Pittsburgh Endorsements

[Philadelphia] – Today the citizen-based environmental organization PennEnvironment announced its slate of environmental endorsements for races in the mayoral and city council primaries in the city of Pittsburgh for the May 16th primary.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

As Historic Clean Water Case Goes Before PA State Supreme Court, Nearly 100 Groups File Brief Supporting PA-DEP

Enviro groups, businesses, and elected officials ask PA’s high court to overturn lower court decision that could take the teeth out of clean water enforcement

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News Release | Environment America

Environment America and EnergySage announce partnership to help more Americans adopt solar power

In an effort to help more Americans research and adopt solar energy for their homes and businesses, Environment America and EnergySage announced a new partnership today. Environment America will encourage its members and the general public to use the EnergySage platform to find the right solar installation option in their area.

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News Release | Environment Texas

Federal Court: Exxon Violated Clean Air Act Over 16,000 Times, Must Pay $19.95 Million Penalty

HOUSTON – A federal district court has ruled on a lawsuit brought against ExxonMobil in 2010 by PennEnvironment's sister organization Environment Texas and Sierra Club. They, with the help of National Environmental Law Center, sued Exxon for violating the Clean Air Act more than 16,000 times at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant.

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Philadelphia’s air among smoggiest in northeast U.S, says study

Rimmed by refineries, snared in a spiderweb of highways, the Philadelphia region has some of the smoggiest number days in the northeast, says a report commissioned by the nonprofit advocacy group PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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