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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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Congressmen Evans, Boyle receive Environmental Leadership Award

Philadelphia-- The state’s leading citizen-based environmental group presented Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans awards for their environmental leadership in Congress in 2017.  The award is being given in conjunction with the release of PennEnvironment’s annual federal scorecard evaluating how the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation voted on legislation supporting clean air, clean water and other critical environmental protections. 

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, PennEnvironment and Moms Clean Air Force will host Clean Power Plan Citizens' Hearing

(PHILADELPHIA) January 9, 2017 – Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Chair of the Committee on the Environment in partnership with the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, PennEnvironment and Moms Clean Air Force will host a Citizens’ Hearing on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:00pm at City Hall, Council Chambers to address the Trump Administration's plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

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News Release | Environment America

Federal regulators reject Rick Perry proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants

Federal regulators have rejected a proposal from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize unnecessary and aging coal and nuclear power plants at the expense of cleaner, more affordable energy options. The proposed rule was a not-so-thinly veiled effort to prop up dying fossil fuels and undermine modern, clean, renewable energy.

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Ashleigh Deemer Joins PennEnvironment from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak position

[Pittsburgh, PA] -- Ashleigh Deemer is joining the statewide non-profit environmental group PennEnvironment this month as the organization’s Western Pennsylvania Director based in Pittsburgh. Ms. Deemer comes from her previous position as the Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.

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Proposed Pollution Limits Are A Major Step Backwards for Public Health

PITTSBURGH- Residents from Brackenridge and surrounding communities were joined by advocates from PennEnvironment, Group Against Smog and Pollution, the Environmental Integrity Project, Clean Air Council, and others at a public hearing to speak out against Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) second draft of a permit that would allow a ATI’s Brackenridge facility to emit far more pollution than it currently reports emitting. 

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