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NRDC: Chemical Safety Bills Still Need More Work
WASHINGTON (September 18, 2014) – David Goldston, director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement today concerning recent developments on efforts to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA ).  Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and, separately, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have been working on draft proposals to update the law, which is almost uniformly viewed to have failed at protecting the public from dangerous chemicals.

NRDC: President’s Executive Order, Science Advisors’ Report Sound Alarm on Antibiotic Resistance but Lack Needed Reforms for Curbing Livestock Drug Use
WASHINGTON (September 18, 2014) –  In response to a long awaited report and new executive actions to combat antibiotic resistance announced today by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Mae Wu, health attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:

Whale Woes: NRDC Petitions for Endangered Species Act Protections
The Gulf of Mexico’s only non-migrating  great whales are in big trouble, which is why the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to add the region’s Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whale population to the federal endangered species list. Recently published studies identify the Gulf population as genetically unique numbering fewer than 50 animals.

NRDC Announces Rhea Suh as New President
NEW YORK (September 17, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced today that Rhea Suh, the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the U.S Department of the Interior, will join NRDC as its new president in January 2015.  Frances Beinecke will retire as NRDC president in December after forty years with the organization, nine as president.

Study: Mid-Atlantic Utility Customers Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion Savings Opportunity
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2014) – Electric customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia could miss out on as much as $1.3 billion in bill utility savings over the next three years because their regional transmission grid operator, PJM, is significantly undercounting the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs that reduce the need to generate more electricity, according to an analysis released today by The Brattle Group.

Public Views Can Ensure Most Effective Carbon Pollution Standards
WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) –  David Doniger, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement that it will extend the public comment period on its proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants:

Climate Change Expected to Raise U.S. Wildfire Costs by $10 Billion- $60 Billion per Year in Just Four Decades
WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) – Climate change could take a serious toll on the U.S. economy by expanding by 50 percent the area that wildfires burn —and raising projected damages by tens of billions of dollars a year by 2050, according to a new economic study released today.

America Must Stay on Track to First-Ever Curbs on Climate Pollution
WASHINGTON (September 11, 2014) –  Franz Matzner, the associate director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement today in response to a letter from several senators asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend the public comment period on its proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants operating today in the United States:

House Vote against Clean Water Protections Ignores Toledo Lessons
WASHINGTON (September 9, 2014) —One month after the toxic algae disaster in Toledo demonstrated the perils of water pollution, the Republican-controlled House today passed a bill (H.R. 5078) to block improvements in the Clean Water Act that would help prevent such crises in the future.

Climate Deniers Are Uninterested in Debating the Need to Address Climate Change, Public Health
WASHINGTON (September 2, 2014) -- The following is a statement from Ed Chen, federal communications director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to an announced Republican congressional investigation of NRDC’s role in combating climate change and protecting public health:

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