News Release | PennEnvironment

Petition Seeks DRBC Action To Upgrade River Designation To Ensure Full Protection for Primary Contact Recreation Uses

Philadelphia/Camden/West Trenton:  A coalition of organizations have petitioned the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to upgrade the regulatory status and protections for the Philadelphia/Camden reach of the Delaware River. The initiative seeks to ensure that water quality standards governing the river provide protections to those that come into direct contact with the water during recreational activities.  According to the petition, the identified river reaches are heavily used in ways that bring people into direct contact with the water, including children. As a result, according to the environmental petitioners, the DRBC and the states should modify the existing legally designated uses to reflect the actual existing uses of the river. This action, the petitioners contend, is needed in order to ensure those recreating on the river receive the proper level of protection from pollution now and into the future.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New report provides roadmap for Pennsylvania to achieve carbon-free transportation

Philadelphia, PA – While poll after poll shows growing support from Pennsylvanians for tackling climate change, many concerned citizens don't realize that transportation is the second-largest source of climate pollution in the state. But a new report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group describes how Pennsylvania can build a zero-carbon transportation future -- all while cleaning our air and creating safer, healthier communities.

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Statement: Senate introduces Clean Economy Act

WASHINGTON -- A new bill, introduced today by Sen. Tom Carper and co-sponsored by 33 members, calls for a national goal of net-zero emissions of global warming pollution in the United States by midcentury.

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PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE APPROVES POTENTIALLY BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS FOR FRACKERS, SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

[Philadelphia, PA] – On the day of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s annual budget address, members of the state legislature voted to give the fracking and petrochemical industry a massive tax break that could equal up to $660 million per project in lost revenue for the Commonwealth, making it harder to fund environmental protection, education, and other important priorities for the state. 

House Bill 1100 would subsidize fracking, petrochemical, and single-use plastic production. The proposal was met with broad opposition from environmental organizations. 

Gov. Wolf has stated publicly that he will veto the proposal. 

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PennEnvironment calls for 100% renewable energy

[Harrisburg, PA] -- Following landmark 100 percent renewable energy victories in New Mexico, Maine, and Washington in 2019, Environment America is launching its 2020 campaign for 100 percent clean renewable energy around the country this week. Here in Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment is continuing to build support for its 100% renewable energy campaign, which launched in the beginning of 2018.

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