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NRDC Files Suit to Maximize Water Savings from California Water Grants

OAKLAND, CALIF. (May 29, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed suit on Thursday against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to ensure that $200 million of grant funding has maximum water-saving impact by making sure that grant agreements with local water suppliers include water conservation measures as well. In the filing, NRDC challenged the DWR’s award of grants to water suppliers that have neither implemented the water conservation measures called for by Assembly Bill 1420 and the Water Conservation Act in 2007 and 2009, respectively, nor committed to do so.

Hope for Elephants: China Announces Plan to Phase-Out Commercial Ivory Sales
Yesterday, Chinese officials announced a new plan to phase-out commercial ivory manufacturing and sales. This action is expected to reduce demand for ivory in China, the world’s largest ivory market, which will help curb the ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks.

Interior Dept. Announces Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse

WASHINGTON (May 28, 2015) -- The Interior Department today unveiled a plan to protect and preserve the habitat of the greater sage-grouse, an iconic species of the West that is threatened by commercial development and energy projects.

Michigan Craft Brewers Raise a Glass to EPA’s Clean Water Rule
Acknowledging the critical role of clean water for both brewers and the communities in which they operate, seven brewers in Michigan are raising a glass in support of EPA’s Clean Water Rule, announced today. 

Obama Administration Restores Clean Water Protections for 117 Million Americans
WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today unveiled a Clean Water rule that will restore pollution protections for tens of millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of streams all across the United States.

NRDC Applauds EPA’s Proposed Uranium Mining Standards, Seeks Improvements
WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015)--The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to protect groundwater from the hazards of in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining is a good first step, but needs significant improvements before it  becomes final, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today in extensive public comments filed with the agency.

New York to Review Risks of Shipping Tar Sands Oil on the Hudson River, Area Train Tracks
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2015) — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation today rescinded a previous attempt to avoid an environmental review of the impacts of a proposed expansion of a rail-to-barge transfer terminal in Albany. The decision is an indication that the state now plans to undertake a formal review of the project, which would facilitate shipping of tar sands crude oil along the Hudson River and state railroad tracks.

California Public Utilities Commission Makes a Bad Call for San Diego, Approves Natural Gas Power Plant in Carlsbad
LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2015) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) erred today by overruling its own staff’s recommendation and approving a giant pollution-emitting power plant in San Diego. By a vote of 4-1, the commission adopted a proposal by CPUC President Michael Picker, opening the way for construction of a large, polluting natural gas power plant in the city of Carlsbad despite the potential availability of cleaner and less costly alternatives. The administrative law judge who heard the case had recommended that the Commission wait for the results of a competitive auction that would have allowed energy efficiency and renewable energy the opportunity to displace the plant at lower cost.

NRDC Reaction to New White House Pollinator Task Force Plan
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) -- The first-ever White House Pollinator Task Force today announced new steps to protect pollinator health.

President Obama Highlights National Security Threats Posed by Climate Change
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) -- In a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, President Obama today reminded us that the threat of climate change does not stop at our borders and renewed his call to take strong and urgent actions to curb dangerous carbon pollution.

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