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NRDC: Congress Shouldn’t Waste More Time on Keystone XL
WASHINGTON (March 4, 2015) – The Senate today failed, as expected, to override President Obama’s veto of a congressional bill forcing approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

McDonald’s to Have Chicken Raised Virtually Antibiotic-Free
NEW YORK (March 4, 2015) – McDonald’s – the world’s largest fast food chain – today announced that it is committing to serving chicken raised without antibiotics used in human medicine in all of their U.S. restaurants within two years. This comes on the heels of new leadership for the company. Steve Easterbrook began as CEO of McDonald’s on Monday, and brings to the role a legacy of healthier food and environmental initiatives within the company’s United Kingdom division. Today’s announcement marks a big step forward in protecting the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics for people, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 

NRDC Sues EPA to Force Action on Monarch Butterflies
WASHINGTON (February 27, 2015)—The Natural Resources Defense Council today accused the Environmental Protection Agency of dragging its feet on efforts to save the imperiled monarch butterfly and filed suit to force the agency to act.

China’s one-year ban on ivory imports is a big step forward – but more reform is needed
NEW YORK (February 26, 2015) — In an important recognition of the role Chinese citizens’ appetite for ivory has played in helping to fuel the slaughter of African elephants, Chinese officials today announced a one-year ban on African ivory carving imports, effective today. A brief statement on the State Forestry Administration said it would halt administrative approval for ivory imports until Feb. 26, 2016.

Chicago Petcoke: Big Announcements Mark Improvement, but Not an End to the Problem
CHICAGO (February 25, 2015) – A series of announcements last week regarding Chicago’s controversial petcoke piles signal significant changes coming to the city’s Southeast Side, where the oil refining waste has been mounded in close proximity to homes, parks and schools:
  • KCBX, the company storing and handling the petcoke at two sites along the Calumet River, announced that it would close one site and remove piles from the other, but keep the second site operating indefinitely as a transfer facility to shift petcoke between trains, barges and ships.
  • BP, whose refinery in nearby Whiting, IN is a main source of petcoke being piled in Chicago, announced they would cease storing the material in Illinois.
  • The City of Chicago denied a request from KCBX to delay enclosure of their controversial petcoke piles.

Ballast Water Bill Would Open Coasts and Great Lakes to Invasive Species Assault
WASHINGTON, DC (February 25, 2015) – The US Senate Commerce Committee reported a bill to the Senate that would exempt ship ballast water—the source of numerous damaging invasive species infestations in the Great Lakes, inland waterways and sensitive waters along the entire American coastline—from the Clean Water Act.

NRDC: California Climate Plan’s Auction Results Show Carbon Caps Move Us Toward a Cleaner Future
SACRAMENTO (February 25, 2015) – The California Air Resources Board announced today the results of the first carbon auction with polluting fuels such as gasoline included under the cap. For the first time, the oil industry joined other major industries across California to bid on a limited number of pollution permits. This is a key component of the state’s law to reduce carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2020

After Veto, President Should Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Once and For All
WASHINGTON (February 24, 2015) – President Obama today vetoed, as promised, congressional legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

New Study: Rapid Ocean Acidification Threatens Coastal Economies in 15 States
NEW YORK (February 23, 2015) – The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification, published today in Nature Climate Change, shows that coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the nation’s approximately $1 billion shelled mollusk (e.g., oysters and clams) industry are at long-term economic risk from ocean acidification. The assessment illustrates that vulnerable communities are not confined to the Pacific Northwest, which has been the primary focal point of attention and resources.  Newly-identified communities at risk reside everywhere from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay to the Louisiana bayou.

Cleaner Electricity Will Be More Reliable, NRDC Expert Says
WASHINGTON (February 19, 2015)—The Obama administration’s plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants is “an opportunity to both reduce air pollution and to build a more reliable, modern energy system,” an expert for the Natural Resources Defense Council says.

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