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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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AG Shapiro, PennEnvironment, Mayor Kenney, Congressmen Evans and Boyle speak out against Trump Rollback of Auto Pollution Standards

[Philadelphia, PA]  – PennEnvironment and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro were joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressmen Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle, and State Rep. Steve McCarter today at City Hall to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle critical federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. At the same time, the Trump administration is also proposing to usurp states’ ability to  set stricter state-level emissions standards.

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Bucks Legislators join PennEnvironment to highlight clean energy solutions in New Hope

New Hope, PA - Today, PennEnvironment was joined by Representative Helen Tai and Representative Tina Davis to hold a clean energy social event at Triumph Brewery, promoting clean energy solutions and calling on Pennsylvania to transition to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. With record heat waves and torrential downpours hitting the state and wildfires burning across the west coast, the need for clean energy solutions and moving off of fossil fuels to solve climate change could not be any clearer.

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PennEnvironment laments feds’ decision to repeal Clean Car Standards

Philadelphia, PA -- Today, the Trump administration announced new vehicle emission guidelines which roll back the existing Clean Car Standards. This regressive move will get rid of our nation’s best climate change mitigation program, which is cutting future carbon emissions more effectively than any other current federal policy. Preliminary calculations indicate this move could increase global warming emissions by 2.2. billion metric tons. This action betrays the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)’s stated mission of protecting human health and the environment. Trump officials are also considering rejecting a waiver that has allowed California and 12 other states, including Pennsylvania, to adopt standards that are more protective of health and the environment.

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Legislators join PennEnvironment to highlight clean energy solutions in West Chester

West Chester, PA - Last night, PennEnvironment was joined by Senator Andy Dinniman, Representative Carolyn Comitta, Mayor Dianne Herrin, and West Chester University Director of Sustainability, Bradley Flamm, to hold a clean energy forum promoting clean energy solutions and calling on Pennsylvania to transition to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible.

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New study shows PA middle of the road for tapping into clean energy

[Philadelphia, PA] -- According to a new report released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center,  Pennsylvania has seen major increases in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and wind since 2008, but the report shows that there’s still a long way to go for the state to become a national leader.

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