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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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Philly Healthy Schools Initiative joins Councilmen Squilla, Green, others to Introduce Legislation to Tackle Lead Paint in Philly Schools

[Philadelphia, PA] – Members of Philadelphia City Council were joined by members of the Philly Healthy Schools Initiative, including parents, labor union representatives and others, to announce the introduction of new legislation by Councilman Mark Squilla to attempt to tackle the threat posed by crumbling and peeling lead paint in Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Hundreds Rally for Passage of PA Bipartisan, 100% Renewable Energy Bill

Harrisburg, PA--On Tuesday, hundreds of Pennsylvanians gathered under murals depicting Pennsylvania’s industrial history in the Capitol to rally for a new vision for the Commonwealth powered by 100% renewable energy. The attendees were joined by businesses, religious leaders, local mayors, and nurses and doctors to advocate for bipartisan legislation awaiting action in the General Assembly that would meet this goal by 2050 (HB2132, SB 1140).  The legislation has bipartisan support from 13 state Senators and 42 state Representatives.

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Tropical forests are burning. Again. | Steve Blackledge

More than a decade after local and global activists curbed tropical deforestation in South America, more forests in Brazil and Bolivia are burning again. As the planet heats up, this loss should concern all of us -- and there’s something we can do about it, right here, right now.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New study shows pollution risk from school, transit buses

Pennsylvania currently has over 21,000 school buses and more than 3,000 transit buses throughout the Commonwealth. Yet a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group determined that transitioning all of Pennsylvania’s 21,600 diesel school buses to electric would help the Commonwealth avoid over 155,000 tons of global warming pollution per year. This pollution reduction is equivalent to taking over 30,000 cars off the road.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Electric Buses

Buses play a key role in in our nation’s transportation system, carrying millions of children daily to and from school and moving millions of Americans each day around our cities. Buses reduce the number of individual cars on our roads, make our communities more livable and sustainable, and provide transportation options for people of all ages and abilities.

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