News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Statement: Environmental Protection Agency finalizes catastrophic methane rule

PITTSBURGH -- The Trump administration finalized New Source Performance Standards Thursday for oil and gas companies. The changes will allow the industry to release methane at sites across the country with little to no accountability. Methane, which is a commonly released gas during the extraction of fossil fuels, is a highly dangerous greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement: Great American Outdoors Act being signed into law is historic

Philadelphia, PA – President Trump today signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems plaguing America’s public lands.

News Release | PennEnvironment

NEW REPORT: Plastic “Chemical Recycling” Means More Pollution for Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA— Amid a growing recognition of the crisis of plastic pollution, industry has touted a process marketed as “chemical” or "advanced" recycling—which claims to break plastic down into its component molecules to be made into new plastic—as a solution to the plastic crisis. 

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Are Erie beaches safe for swimming?

Erie, PA – With summer in full swing, water pollution can close Erie County beaches and put swimmers' health at risk. Last year, bacteria levels at Pennsylvania beaches indicated that water was potentially unsafe for swimming there on least one day, according to the new report Safe for Swimming? by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. The report comes as Congress is set to vote tomorrow on a major spending bill that includes an additional $11 billion for water infrastructure.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House passes major public lands bill

"With today’s passage of this bill, we’re one step away from putting a lock and key on funding that has always been intended for conservation projects -- yet consistently diverted to other purposes. We’re closer to adopting a new consciousness for today’s world, that our lives are made richer if surrounded by more nature, rather than more extracted resources."

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