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Statement: PennEnvironment files suit against EPA for Trump-era power plant pollution safeguards rollback

PITTSBURGH -- Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of PennEnvironment and partners at the Sierra Club and the Alliance for Affordable Energy Thursday challenging toxic pollution exemptions for how power plants dispose of coal ash waste. This lax regulation is a holdover rollback from the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. The suit specifically challenges a November 2020 rule that permits utility companies to request an exemption that would allow their dangerous coal fly ash ponds to go without a protective plastic liner indefinitely.

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Statement: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick introduces landmark Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protection bills introduced in Congress

Philadelphia, PA  -- Representative Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, along with Congressman Jared Huffman of California and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts,  introduced bi-partsian legislation Thursday to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If passed, the "Arctic Refuge Protection Act'' would grant wilderness designation to the Refuge’s coastal plain - the most diverse, and most ecologically sensitive, portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Wilderness designation is the strongest protection in the American public lands system, safeguarding areas from development and preserving them as truly wild places.

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New report outlines how PA utility companies can creatively invest in electric school buses

Philadelphia, PA -- To protect our children’s health and environment, PennPIRG Education Fund and PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center have released a new report to identify new, cutting-edge ways that utility companies can assist school districts in paying for zero-emission buses, and how schools can reap the long-term benefits. 

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Statement: President Biden to make important strides in climate action

WASHINGTON -- President Joseph Biden will release a far-reaching plan Wednesday afternoon that outlines the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus -- reaching net zero emissions by 2050 to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius -- the new administration will lay out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a broad range of sectors, from agriculture to manufacturing. 

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Allegheny Co. residents overwhelmingly support stronger clean air protections

PITTSBURGH -- The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) held a virtual public hearing Wednesday night on proposed revisions to the County’s Coke Oven Regulations, which are the key environmental protections governing U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works. More than 50 local residents, including more than 25 PennEnvironment volunteers, testified in support of the County’s proposal to improve inspection practices and clarify limits for sulfur pollution, a respiratory irritant. Residents also urged for even stronger emissions reductions. 

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