News Release | Environment America

Year in review: Environmental victories in 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic cast a tragic shadow across the United States in 2020, environmental advocates at the national, state and municipal levels were still able to effect change this past year. Highlights included helping to enhance our country’s commitment to conserving land and wildlife, advancing renewable energy usage, decreasing plastic waste and creating cleaner transportation and water. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Omnibus spending package fails to deliver on clean water

Congress is ending the year with no major increases to protect public health from water pollution.  The 2020 omnibus package released Monday contains no increase in  either the Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Funds from Fiscal Year 2020 levels. This final bill is a stark contrast to the additional $11 billion for clean water included in the House’s spending bills, which would have greatly improved efforts to prevent sewage overflows and contamination of drinking water by lead and other sources.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Major deal on federal energy bill moves U.S. forward on renewables and climate action

Congress struck a last-minute bipartisan deal on a major energy bill expected to pass on Monday as part of the omnibus package to fund the federal government. The energy bill includes increased funding for renewable and energy efficiency programs. It also includes a landmark deal to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are especially potent greenhouse gases. The legislation soon to be heading to the president’s desk requires an 85 percent phase out of HFCs over 15 years, meaning the U.S. would join more than 170 other countries that have already made this commitment. Global phase out on this scale could avoid a 0.5 degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century. 

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center releases new survey results of PA local officials' plastic pollution concerns

PHILADELPHIA -- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center was joined by local elected officials, including the mayors of Doylestown and West Chester, Wednesday to release a new report, Local Solutions to Local Pollution. The study, which surveyed Pennsylvania local officials about single-use plastic pollution concerns, offers policy solutions for tackling the problem.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

PennEnvironment Response to DRBC approval of new LNG plant

Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) gave final approval to a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Gibbstown, New Jersey, with a 4-0 vote. Despite widespread opposition in the region and across Pennsylvania, governors from DE, NJ, PA, and a representative of the U.S. government, Army Corp. of Engineers Lt. Colonel Park, all voted in favor, with the U.S. motioning to adopt the approving resolution and Pennsylvania seconding the motion to bring it to a vote. NY abstained from the vote, citing concerns about water contamination, safety, and the looming climate crisis.

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