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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.

NRDC President: “Stamp out our carbon footprint - in our lifetime”
NEW YORK (October 15, 2014)  - In an assertive bid to put the brakes on the fossil fuel pollution driving global climate change, NRDC President Frances Beinecke has called for the United States to stamp out its carbon footprint -- to become carbon-neutral -- in our lifetime.

Severe Drought Triggers Aggressive Response from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2014) — In response to the severe California drought, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced aggressive goals for reduced water use within the city. Among the plan’s topline goals is slashing L.A.’s per capita potable water use by 20% by 2017.

Los Angeles’ nearly 4 million residents and thousands of businesses currently use an estimated 130 gallons per capita per day (GPCD), much of it outdoors. 

Obama’s San Gabriel Monument Designation a Good Step Toward a Lasting Conservation Legacy
WASHINGTON (October 10, 2014) – With today’s planned declaration of Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, President Obama is providing permanent federal protection for the area’s towering peaks, mature forests and dramatic waterfalls, which retain much of their natural splendor.

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