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Illinois Tollways to Become Butterfly Highways
CHICAGO (January 29, 2015) – Today, the Illinois Tollway Authority agreed to work with the Natural Resources Defense Council to create a monarch butterfly restoration program that would plant milkweed along the agency’s 286 miles of roadways. The plant is essential for the species’ survival as their numbers have crashed in recent years. 

NRDC: Keystone Bill Deserves Veto
WASHINGTON (January 29, 2015) – The Republican-controlled Senate today passed legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a bill that will be dead-on-arrival at the White House. But the weeks-long, misguided congressional attempt to usurp presidential authority did not go entirely to waste.

Administration Drilling Plan Would Expose Eastern Seaboard, Atlantic and Arctic Waters to Blowout Risk
WASHINGTON (January 27, 2015) --- The Obama Administration proposed a five-year offshore drilling lease plan today that would expose much of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans to oil and gas production. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Executive Director Peter Lehner made the following statement:

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Show Migration Still at Grave Risk, Despite Uptick
WASHINGTON (January 27, 2015)—The low number of migrating monarch butterflies returning to their Mexican refuge shows that the migration remains under grave threat, even though the figures announced today are higher than last year’s, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.   The 56.5 million butterflies announced today are a tiny fraction of the one billion recorded in the mid-1990s, and represent the second lowest figure ever recorded for the population.

NRDC Welcomes Long-Sought Uranium Mining Safeguards, Calls for Improvements
WASHINGTON (January 26, 2015)--The Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever proposal to protect groundwater from the hazards of uranium mining is a good start, but more needs to be done, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Obama Seeks Wilderness Designation for Coastal Plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
WASHINGTON (January 25, 2015) -- President Obama today recommended to Congress that it designate the coastal plain of the iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as a wilderness. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

New Bipartisan Poll: Americans Embrace Climate Action, Clean Energy & Health Protections
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2015) – With President Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress facing showdowns over climate change, and health and environmental safeguards, new public opinion research shows that a strong majority of Americans in five key states support existing protections and many -- including many Republicans -- favor tougher environmental enforcement.

GOP Admits Climate Change is Real, Where’s Their Plan?
WASHINGTON (January 21, 2015) – The Senate today considered several amendments to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline bill addressing the question of whether climate change is occurring.

President Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Dangerous Climate Change
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address to Congress tonight.

President is Right to Focus on Infrastructure Jobs, Not Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – The following is a statement from Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address tonight:

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