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WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2014)—Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
WASHINGTON (March 6, 2014)—The House of Representatives Thursday approved the RAPID Act, a bill that would gut environmental safeguards on major development projects, handing the review and decision process over to developers and limiting the public’s participation on these large projects. The bill threatens to weaken property rights for those subject to eminent domain by severely limiting the time that those adversely affected by a project can weigh in and offer alternatives.
WASHINGTON (March 6, 2014) – The House today passed a destructive bill to block the first-ever national safeguards against carbon pollution, which would represent a major weakening of the Clean Air Act, the Natural Resources Defense Council said.
NEW DELHI (March 3, 2014) – India’s soaring energy demand is projected to double by 2027, adding new urgency to calls to increase the energy efficiency of buildings in cities across the country. The Planning Commission held a high-level roundtable meeting today to discuss potential solutions to address the forecasted consequences of carrying on with business as usual. Organized in Delhi with the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, the meeting, entitled “State Leadership in Building Efficient Cities in India,” emphasized the primary role that state initiatives and mandates must play to meet energy demand in the coming decades. The ominous energy forecast was derived from a new, web-based statistical tool launched last week by the Planning Commission.
WASHINGTON (March 3, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency's new standards for gasoline and vehicle emissions announced today will dramatically reduce harmful air pollution such as smog-forming chemicals and dangerous soot.
WASHINGTON (February 28, 2014) - Responding to public demand to protect Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it is taking the first step in a process under the federal Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining in the region. Called section 404(c), the provision allows the agency to “prohibit, restrict, or withdraw” an area at risk of “unacceptable adverse effects” on water, fisheries, wildlife, or recreation resources.
WASHINGTON (February 28, 2014) – A House bill to overhaul federal oversight of the chemical industry would do more harm than good, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
SAN FRANCISCO (February 27, 2014) – The Legislature today sped a $687 million relief package to California Gov. Jerry Brown to aid those suffering from the unprecedented drought crisis.
WASHINGTON (February 27, 2014)—The House of Representatives today passed a package of bills, HR 2804, that would hobble--and even prevent--federal agencies from carrying out their Congressional mandates to implement and enforce safeguards to protect public health and safety.
SAN FRANCISCO (February 25, 2014) – California voters are more concerned about the drought than any other major issue and an overwhelming majority favor strategies to stretch local water supplies, including recycling, rainwater harvesting and efficiency measures, as the top solution to California’s water woes, according to a new poll conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).