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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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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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Expo to Showcase Local Solutions to Global Climate Change Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Carbon Fee & Dividend, and Community Organizing

New Hope, PA – At a local Climate Solutions Expo in New Hope, local family-owned solar company Exact Solar presented a vision of Bucks county powered by solar panels.  Citizens from across the county heard from a wide range of presenters on how they can tackle climate change, despite federal efforts to undermine clean energy and environmental protections by the Trump Administration.

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New Toxic Ten Polluters Drive Cancer, Asthma Risks

Pittsburgh, PA-- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s newly updated interactive website identifies the Toxic Ten, the industrial facilities releasing the most hazardous toxins into the air. These facilities are responsible for a significant portion of air pollution problems in the region by releasing chemicals known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, neurological disease, and reproductive problems. The Pittsburgh region ranks in the top 2% for cancer caused from such facilities’ pollution in the nation.

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