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NRDC, Nine other Environmental Groups File Lawsuits Challenging NRC Failure to Comply with 2012 Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage
WASHINGTON (October 29, 2014)  -- The Natural Resources Defense Council and nine other environmental groups filed separate lawsuits today in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that had previously reversed the NRC.

EPA’s Ongoing Outreach Shows Commitment to Strong Power Plant Carbon Pollution Limits
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2014) – David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s supplemental notice today on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution.

New NRDC Report: China’s Ports Play Major Role in Country’s Air Pollution Problems
NEW YORK (October 28, 2014) – China’s largely unregulated ports and shipping system generate significant air pollution that imposes a huge health and environmental burden and contributes to the country’s over 1 million pollution-related deaths each year, according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). China is now home to seven of the globe’s top ten busiest ports and does not require that container ships meet the same air quality standards administered by many other ports around the world. Consequently, one container ship operating along the coast of China emits as much diesel pollution as 500,000 new Chinese trucks in a single day. 

Organizations Deliver Comments to EPA from more than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water
WASHINGTON (October 22, 2014) – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and today a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to pollution.

FRACKING REPORT: 5.4 Million Californians Now Live Within a Mile of Oil or Gas Wells, Majority are People of Color
LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2014) – Nearly five and a half million Californians now live within a mile of an oil or gas well, including nearly 4 million who are people of color. Approximately one-third of those living near wells, or nearly 2 million people, already live in some of the state’s most polluted communities.  The risk to these populations is expected to increase as fracking expands in these impacted regions and throughout the state, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

EPA’s Rules on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Miss the Mark on Health and Climate Protection
WASHINGTON (October 17, 2014) – David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this comment on a final rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency limiting the use of HCFC-22, used in air conditioners and refrigeration. It is the most powerful ozone-depleting chemical still in widespread use and traps nearly 2,000 times more heat than carbon dioxide.

Retrofit Chicago Awards: Windy City’s Energy Efficiency Leaders
CHICAGO (October 16, 2014) – The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative has announced its inaugural awards honoring one building and three building engineers leading the effort to unleash the power of energy efficiency across Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Groups Petition FDA to Ban Toxic Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes and Other Food Packaging
WASHINGTON (October 16, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council and several groups today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban several toxic chemicals allowed in food packaging, citing their potential to harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, pre-and-post natal brain development and to cause cancer.

New Report: Positive Energy Trends Continue to Bode Well for U.S. Security and the Economy
WASHINGTON (October 16, 2014) – The United States is reducing oil dependence, slowing the growth of electricity needs, and making energy services more affordable to all Americans--and our smarter use of energy is the single most important contributor to these positive trends, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

NRDC Sues EPA to Block New Pesticide That Threatens Monarch Butterflies, Human Health
WASHINGTON (October 15, 2014)—The Natural Resources Defense Council today filed suit to block the use of a powerful, newly approved weed killer that will wreak further destruction on monarch butterfly populations already devastated  by agricultural chemicals and poses risks to human health.

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