News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf for largest government solar commitment in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new renewable energy initiative Monday that is, to date, the largest solar commitment by any U.S. governing entity. All told, this initiative will supply nearly 50 percent of the state government’s electricity through seven new solar arrays slated for construction in Pennsylvania’s Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and York counties. When the project is completed in early 2023, it is expected to deliver 361,000 megawatts of electricity each year and reduce climate-triggering carbon pollution by nearly 158,000 metric tons annually.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Senators’ intervening in fracking lawsuit to protect Delaware River

Pennsylvania state senators from across the Delaware River Basin came together today to announce their motion to intervene in “Yaw v. DRBC”, the historic case around protecting the watershed from the negative environmental and health effects of fracking. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, recently cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. Today’s intervening and DRBC’s vote comes after a multi-year public input process.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA acts responsibly by relaunching climate science and policy website

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency reinstated its website centered on climate science and policy on Thursday. This information was removed from the EPA website by the previous administration. This relaunch is a strong signal that the Biden administration will restore the role of science in protecting our communities and public health. 

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. With his strong environmental protection background as the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is expected to place the agency’s focus back squarely on its mission: to protect the environment and public health. This will include safeguarding the nation’s waterways and air quality, as well as pushing forward with bold action to address climate change.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New report: Microplastics found in 100 percent of tested Pennsylvania waterways

Philadelphia -- At 53 waterways tested across Pennsylvania, microplastic contamination was found in every spot, from Lake Erie, Pittsburgh's Three Rivers and the Delaware River, according to a new report entitled Microplastics in Pennsylvania: a Survey of Waterways released Wednesday. The study was conducted by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center using methodology developed by NOAA.

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