News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment honors Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon for championing parks and open spaces

[Tinicum, PA]-- PennEnvironment honored Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (Philadelphia and Delaware County) today at the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for her ongoing leadership and support for protecting parks, public lands, and open spaces, here in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House passes suite of clean water safeguards on “forever chemicals”

The U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure today to protect America’s water and air from toxic “forever chemicals” best known by the acronym PFAS. The PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 247–159. Environment America has long advocated for stronger protections on PFAS as part of its No Toxics On Tap campaign. The national nonpartisan organization successfully worked with Congress last year to phase out the military’s use of these chemicals in firefighting foams under the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. While that phaseout was a significant step, the PFAS Action Act takes further action to curtail continuing sources of pollution to water and air as well as establish new provisions to clean up existing contamination.

News Release | Environment America

Congress compels military to phase out PFAS but misses key opportunity

The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure today compelling the Pentagon to stop using PFAS-containing firefighting foams by 2024. Both chambers of Congress have now approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the President is expected to sign into law before the end of the year. Negotiators notably omitted provisions to address PFAS pollution under Superfund and the Clean Water Act, both of which passed unanimously in the House bill.

News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Statement: Philadelphia City Council passes legislation to ban single-use plastic bags

After nearly a decade of reviewing and debating citywide legislation to address pollution and litter from single-use plastic bags, Philadelphia City Council took action on the last possible day of the four-year session. Today, City Council passed Councilman Mark Squilla’s Bill # 190610 which will take crucial steps to reduce plastic bag use in the city. 

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

102 groups urge EPA to rein in meat and poultry processing plant pollution

Environment America Research & Policy Center is submitting comments on behalf of 102 organizations today, urging the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically reduce the massive levels of pollution dumped by agribusiness facilities into America’s waterways. The comments are in response to the agency’s decision not to update permit standards for meat and poultry plants -- despite the Clean Water Act’s requirement to do so.

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