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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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PennEnvironment official visits Erie to talk about solar hot water systems

Richard Reeves Sr. likes taking hot showers, helping the environment and saving money. The solar hot water system at his Millcreek Township home allows him to do all three.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Smart, Clean, and Ready to Go: How Solar Hot Water Can Reduce Pollution and Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Solar water heating has the potential to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and curb pollution that causes global warming and respiratory problems. By taking advantage of America’s full potential to produce hot water for homes and businesses from solar energy, the nation could reduce natural gas consumption by 2.5 percent and electricity use by nearly one percent, while avoiding 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution per year – equivalent to emissions from 13 coal-fired power plants or 9.9 million cars.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Report Highlights Savings and Benefits of Solar Hot Water for PA

Pennsylvania could reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels through the deployment of off the shelf, cost-effective solar hot water technology, according to a new report by Pennsylvania. 

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Editorial: No way to run the government

As lawmakers negotiate a temporary budget bill, Congress must reject a House-approved assault on clean air and water standards.

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Report | PennEnvironment

Top Ten Scary Facts About Pennsylvania's Rivers

While the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween costumes disappear after October 31st, the very real and very scary problems facing Pennsylvania’s rivers are not going anywhere. 

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