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EPA Coal Ash Rule Fails to Protect Public Health and Waterways
WASHINGTON (December 19, 2014)—The Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited rule on disposal of toxic ash from coal-burning power plants falls far short of what’s needed to protect the public and our waterways from the millions of tons of dangerous sludge that is produced annually, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today.

Environmentalists Sue to Protect Water Quality
WASHINGTON (December 19, 2014)— The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) today announced they have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen standards to prevent pollution from stormwater, one of the nation’s most widespread forms of water pollution.  More than a decade ago a federal appeals court ordered EPA to strengthen those protections, but the agency has failed to take action.

Memo to President Cites New Evidence of Climate Impacts of Proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2014) – President Obama should reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline because there is new data that shows it would dramatically expand development of dirty tar sands oil, turbo-charging climate change by adding millions of tons of carbon pollution to the atmosphere every year, according to a memo sent to Obama by Oil Change International and the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, 350.org, CREDO, and Bold Nebraska.

Governor Inslee Proposes Limits on Carbon Pollution from State’s Major Emitters; Part of Historic Commitment to Advance Clean Energy in Washington State
OLYMPIA, Wash. (December 17, 2014) – Governor Jay Inslee today unveiled a historic package of climate and clean energy initiatives that includes, for the first time, a firm and enforceable limit on carbon pollution from the state’s major emitters. The pollution fees generated would fund public transit, transportation infrastructure, basic education, and invest in Washington’s disadvantaged communities. The proposal also includes a new Clean Energy Fund to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions and a suite of clean transportation measures to put Washington on course to comply with state law that requires a reduction of carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2020 and 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035.

Cuomo Announces Fracking Will Not Move Forward in New York
NEW YORK (December 17, 2014) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the state will not move forward with high volume hydraulic fracturing.

NRDC Lauds Obama Drilling Ban in Alaska’s Spectacular Bristol Bay

WASHINGTON (December 16, 2014)—The Natural Resources Defense Council today welcomed the decision by President Obama to withdraw permanently Alaska’s Bristol Bay from offshore oil development. Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest salmon fishery, worth $1.5 billion per year, and is home to a vast array of marine life, including seals, otters, whales, seabirds and sea lions.

REPORT: Five Major Health Threats from Fracking-Related Air Pollution
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2014) – A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas activity.

NRDC: World Must Translate Lima Progress to Ambitious Climate Actions
LIMA, PERU (December 14, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following statement upon the conclusion of climate talks in Lima, Peru, held in advance of the 2015 gathering in Paris, where countries are to declare legally binding commitments to reduce carbon pollution and other measures to address climate change.

People Over Petcoke: Chicago Denies Rule Exceptions
CHICAGO (December 10, 2014) – As mounds of oil refining waste continue to loom near homes, parks and schools on Chicago’s Southeast Side, the City of Chicago today rejected requests for looser regulation of petcoke and coal piles in the area. The City rejected variance requests from KCBX which would have allowed petcoke to be piled 50% higher than current rules, raising concerns about more of this material blowing into the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the use of uncovered conveyers which would also potentially send particulate matter flying. In addition, an ordinance was sent to  City Council which would tighten regulations governing facilities holding and transporting these materials.

Spending Bill Weakens Health, Environment Protections, Cuts EPA Budget
WASHINGTON (December 10, 2014) -- House and Senate appropriators have put forward a bill that includes substantial cuts in the enforcement budget of the Environmental Protection Agency and a number of provisions that would thwart efforts to protect health and the environment.  But the bill does not include the most damaging proposals Republicans had made to undermine environmental protection.

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