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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.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Allegheny County Health Department Proposes to Allow More Air Pollution from Steel Plant

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Allegheny County Health Department yesterday proposed a permit for a steel plant near Pittsburgh that would allow the release of over 2,000 tons more air pollution than an earlier draft permit, threatening public health.  As compared to a draft issued by the county last year (which already raised concerns among local community and advocacy organizations), the new proposed Clean Air Act operating permit for ATI Flat Rolled Products Holdings, LLC’s steel plant in Brackenridge would allow the plant to annually emit nearly 300 tons more nitrogen oxides (which contribute to smog), and over 50 more tons of particulate matter (soot), which can trigger heart attacks.

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News Release | Environment America

More than 30,000 Americans Call on Secretary Perry to Stop Blocking Clean Energy

Today, Environment America delivered a message from 33,923 supporters in all 50 states urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to back off on his proposals to get the federal government to intervene on behalf of old, dirty energy sources at the expense of cleaner, more affordable clean energy options.

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News Release | Environment America

Senate budget sells out our environment, health, and the treasured arctic national wildlife refuge

The Senate just passed their budget resolution for 2018. In response, Jennie Olson at Environment America, issued the following statement: “The Senate budget makes drastic cuts to some of our most vital programs that protect our air, water, and families’ health. In addition, the Senate budget attempts to sell out our public lands to polluters by including instructions to the Senate Natural Resources Committee that would ultimately allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Celebrates 5 Years of Cleaner Cars, Trump Administration Attacks Program

Pennsylvania Celebrates 5 Years of Cleaner Cars, Trump Administration Attacks Program

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLEAN CARS” Video Available Here

Happy 5th birthday, Clean Car Standards! People across the United States are celebrating less air pollution and less oil consumption as the Clean Car Standards turn 5 years old this week. These standards aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for the economy as well: Pennsylvania has saved 1.2 billion dollars since automakers, federal and state governments and other stakeholders agreed upon the rules on October 15, 2012. Therefore, clean car standards are beneficial to the environment and the economy simultaneously.

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