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New York to Review Risks of Shipping Tar Sands Oil on the Hudson River, Area Train Tracks
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2015) — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation today rescinded a previous attempt to avoid an environmental review of the impacts of a proposed expansion of a rail-to-barge transfer terminal in Albany. The decision is an indication that the state now plans to undertake a formal review of the project, which would facilitate shipping of tar sands crude oil along the Hudson River and state railroad tracks.

California Public Utilities Commission Makes a Bad Call for San Diego, Approves Natural Gas Power Plant in Carlsbad
LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2015) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) erred today by overruling its own staff’s recommendation and approving a giant pollution-emitting power plant in San Diego. By a vote of 4-1, the commission adopted a proposal by CPUC President Michael Picker, opening the way for construction of a large, polluting natural gas power plant in the city of Carlsbad despite the potential availability of cleaner and less costly alternatives. The administrative law judge who heard the case had recommended that the Commission wait for the results of a competitive auction that would have allowed energy efficiency and renewable energy the opportunity to displace the plant at lower cost.

NRDC Reaction to New White House Pollinator Task Force Plan
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) -- The first-ever White House Pollinator Task Force today announced new steps to protect pollinator health.

President Obama Highlights National Security Threats Posed by Climate Change
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) -- In a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, President Obama today reminded us that the threat of climate change does not stop at our borders and renewed his call to take strong and urgent actions to curb dangerous carbon pollution.

Good-bye Polystyrene Tray. Hello Compostable Plate.
NEW YORK (May 20, 2015) – The Urban School Food Alliance (Alliance), a coalition of the largest school districts in the United States that includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando, announced that it will start rolling out the use of compostable round plates at cafeterias this month, saying good-bye to polystyrene trays. Food and nutrition directors in the Alliance specified the round shape to allow students to eat their food off of plates like they do at home, replacing the institutional rectangular lunch tray.

Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Along Santa Barbara’s Coast
LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) — A pipeline burst along Santa Barbara’s coast today, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons of toxic crude oil in Santa Barbara’s waters and creating a four-mile oil slick.

LEGAL CHALLENGE: New York City Housing Authority Tenants Denied Recycling Services

NEW YORK (May 20, 2015) – The New York City Housing Authority is required by law to provide its 400,000 tenants with recycling services, but for years it has failed to do so, according to a letter sent to the agency by the Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of three non-profit environmental justice groups and impacted residents. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of lower-income New Yorkers being denied essential sanitation services and more than one thousand tons of recyclables being sent to landfills every week.

NRDC: California Launches Joint Climate Commitment with States and Provinces from Across the Globe
SACRAMENTO (May 19, 2015) –  Governor Brown, alongside representatives from a dozen states and provinces across the globe, announced a collective commitment to dramatically reduce their combined carbon pollution.  These jurisdictions from North America, South America and Europe have a total population of 100 million residents and a combined economy of four trillion dollars – about the size of Japan’s economy. 

Re-Imagining Watts 50 Years After the Riots
LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) — Fifty years after the Watts Uprising, a coalition of community groups today launched Watts Re:Imagined – a sustainable redevelopment vision for the South Los Angeles neighborhood. The plan draws on the region’s rich historical legacy and is designed to promote economic opportunity and social equity, along with environmental stewardship.

NRDC Experts: Congress Should Support Clean Power Plan, Back Clean Energy
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) – Two experts from the Natural Resources Defense Council will testify today on Capitol Hill, calling on lawmakers to support the Clean Power Plan as well as to back legislation that promotes renewable sources of energy.

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