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FERC Order 1000: Unanimous Court Decision a Victory for Clean Energy, Consumers
WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2014) – A three-judge federal appeals court today upheld the Federal Energy Commission (FERC) Order 1000, a set of reforms issued two years ago that require large-scale regional planning of the nation’s electric grid and more clean energy integration. John Moore, senior attorney for the SustainableFERC Project housed within the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued the following statement:

New Water Bond Invests in Local Water Supply Projects, Groundwater Storage and Safe Drinking Water for All Californians
With Governor Jerry Brown’s support, state legislative leaders today approved, on a broad bipartisan basis, a $7.5 billion water bond that would provide clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities and provide $1.5 billion for water recycling, stormwater capture, water efficiency and other local water supply projects like those detailed in “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” the report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute released earlier this summer.

Governor Cuomo Signs New York Ban on Ivory Trade into Law on World Elephant Day
NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – On World Elephant Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed a law banning the trade of ivory antiques in the state and increasing penalties for traffickers, a move that can help curb the ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks.

Conan O’Brien Urges Californians to Save Water During Historic Drought
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 5, 2014) – Iconic comedian and television talk show host Conan O’Brien and sidekick Andy Richter may always be looking for laughs, but they’re taking California’s historic drought seriously by joining the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the State of California’s drought awareness program, Save Our Water, in creating a new series of public service announcements to promote water conservation.

Food Cart for Monarch Butterflies: Acclaimed Artist Debuts Environmental Art at Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (July 29, 2014) – Acclaimed artist Jenny Kendler will debut a provocative new piece at this week’s Marfa Dialogues in St. Louis, her first public project since being chosen to be the founding participant in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Artist-in-Residence program.

EPA Endorses New & Improved Beach Water Quality Safety Threshold
WASHINGTON (July 31, 2014) – In a move designed to protect more than 180 million people who visit America’s coastal and Great Lakes beaches every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced stronger National Beach Guidance for all states to adopt the most protective swimmer safety threshold - a Beach Action Value (BAV) - for water quality monitoring and notification practices in order to receive federal BEACH Act funding.

Review Period for Deeply Flawed Bay Delta Conservation Plan Ends Today
Public input on the controversial, poorly-designed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) ends today after a  228-day public review and comment period

NRDC Report Helps Guide Major Fuel Buyers to Sustainable Biofuels Procurement
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014)—Amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels and avoid those linked to major deforestation, destroyed wildlife habitat and fouled waterways.

Governor Brown Extends Climate Commitment Across Border
SACRAMENTO (July 28, 2014) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a climate change memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources today. This California-Mexico accord follows a series of MOUs Governor Brown has signed with leaders from countries including China, Canada, Israel, and Peru to address the threat of climate change.

GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency’s program to protect drinking water sources from the underground injection of fracking waste needs improvement, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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