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We're slowing down fracking in Pennsylvania.

PennEnvironment and PennEnvironment Reasearch and Policy Center has called for a ban on fracking, to protect our health, environment and communities. In 2016, you helped us continue to shine a spotlight on the threats posed by fracking and the worst actors in the fracking industry and made headway to protect our environment when positive action seemed so hard to come by.

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With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change

[Harrisburg PA,] – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the Commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change.

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Federal Court Delivers Important Decision on PPG Allegheny River Waste Site

[Pittsburgh, PA] – Six years after non-profit environmental groups PennEnvironment and Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against PPG Industries, Inc. (PPG) alleging ongoing violations at the company’s Ford City site along the Allegheny River, a federal judge handed down a decision finding PPG liable with respect to many of the organizations’ claims against the company.

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180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

[Philadelphia, PA] -- A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

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Troubled Waters: Industrial Pollution Still Threatens America’s Waterways

America’s waterways provide us with drink-ing water, places to fish and swim, and critical habitat for wildlife – when they are clean and protected.  The passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 was a turning point in America’s efforts to protect and re-store its rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Though the Clean Water Act has made some progress bringing our waters back to health, a closer look at compli-ance with and enforcement of the law reveals an overly lenient system that too often allows pollution without accountability.

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Facilities in PA rank second highest in nation for exceeding water pollution standards

[Pennsylvania]– Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Pennsylvania’s waterways 633 times over 21 months, placing Pennsylvania second in the nation for violating their clean water permits, according to a new report by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.  The study also shows that facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution.

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