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California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical
SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

NRDC Welcomes Change in Direction of Bill to Support California’s Climate Plan
SACRAMENTO (April 14, 2014) – California Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today offered a new plan to invest auction proceeds from California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).


UN Experts Issue Dire Warning about Climate Change
WASHINGTON (April 13, 2014) -- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today issued its latest report with an urgent call to action.


Interior Department Adopts a More Balanced Approach toward Land Management
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2014) – The Interior Department today unveiled a new, more balanced approach toward managing our public lands, a policy shift that will give equal weight to the protection of our natural resources.


NRDC: Water Agencies’ Drought Plan Needs Balance
SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2014)  The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today released their proposed 2014 Drought Operations Plan, a proposal that waives key environmental standards to the detriment of the majority of Californians.

REPORT: Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Flooded in Sandy Lived Outside FEMA Flood Zones
NEW YORK (April 8, 2014) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps for New York City did not identify that nearly 65 percent of the area inundated during Hurricane Sandy—home to nearly 300,000 people—was at risk from coastal flooding, according to a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report tallies the human toll and impact to critical infrastructure like schools and hospitals.

NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found.

Rio Tinto Divests from Pebble Mine
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) -- In the latest departure from the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska, British mining giant Rio Tinto announced today that it is divesting its interest in the embattled project by donating its shares to two Alaska charitable foundations.


Citing Climate Damage, More than 100 Scientists, Economists Urge Obama and Kerry to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – More than 100 leading scientists and economists are calling on the Obama Administration to deny the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because it will trigger massive development of the world’s dirtiest oil, and escalate climate change. They include Nobel Prize winners in physics and economics, and lead authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.


Coast Guard Report on Shell Debacle Underscores Danger of Arctic Drilling
WASHINGTON (April 4, 2014) -- The U.S. Coast Guard’s long-awaited report on the 2012 grounding of Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig near Kodiak Island, Alaska underscores the serious threats posed by drilling in the Arctic Ocean, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. The 152-page report said Shell’s reckless and failed attempt to tow its Arctic Ocean drill rig was riddled with deficient planning and poor decision-making and potentially violated the law.


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