News Release | PennEnvironment

Bipartisan Senate bill requires states and utilities to increase renewable power

A new bill filed last week by Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) will put the U.S. on track to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035. The Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019, which requires all states to steadily increase their use of renewable sources like wind and solar each year builds on the wave of ambitious renewable energy policies in the states.

News Release | Environment America

Senate approves 2023 ban on military’s toxic PFAS foams

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense policy bill today with a host of provisions to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). One key provision would phase out the military’s use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams — a major source of pollution — by 2023. By incorporating our request to adopt a 3-year timeline for phasing out military use of PFAS, the Senate bill prevents further contamination quickly — which is what communities and service members deserve.

News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Response to PES Refinery Closure Announcement

Reports surfaced on Wednesday, June 26th that Philadelphia Energy Solutions would be closing the Southwest Philly refinery. This announcement comes less than a week after a massive explosion at the plant. 

PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur released the following statement in response:

News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Response to Today's South Philly Refinery Fire

At approximately 3:15 am this morning, a 3-alarm explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philly rocked local neighborhoods

News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Statement on Philly Plastic Bag Ban Bill Introduction

“Today, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced his expanded and enhanced legislation to ban plastic bags citywide from grocery stores, pharmacies, and corner stores. Councilman Squilla worked closely with PennEnvironment and other stakeholders to make changes to improve this legislation from previous versions that have been introduced in City Council.

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