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Bill to Manage Utility Water Leaks Sent to Governor Brown for his Signature
SACRAMENTO (September 4, 2015) – The State Senate today sent a water bill to the Governor's desk that would help manage water losses by utilities. Nearly a million acre-feet of treated drinking water is lost to leakage each year; about one-third of that could be cost-effectively prevented or eliminated.

California Legislature Sends Near-Total Ban on Ivory Sales to Governor Brown for his Signature
SACRAMENTO (September 4, 2015) – In a show of bipartisan support for elephant protection, California’s ivory ban bill (AB 96 by Speaker Toni Atkins and Senator Ricardo Lara) passed the State Legislature and is on its way to Governor Brown for his signature.

COURT: Worst Mercury Pollution in Maine’s History Must be Cleaned Up

BANGOR, Maine (September 2, 2015) – A Maine court today held the former owners of a chlorine bleach plant accountable for tons of mercury it dumped into the Penobscot River over the course of four decades. The judge ordered the polluter to remedy their mess in order to reduce contamination in wildlife and seafood.

As Subway Moves to Reduce Antibiotics in Chicken, Groups Call for Details and Timelines
SAN FRANCISCO (September 1, 2015) — Following calls to action from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), US PIRG, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Keep Antibiotics Working, Food Animals Concern Trust, Consumers Union and FoodBabe.com, Subway appears to be making important updates to its approach on antibiotics use in its meat and poultry supply. The Nation’s Restaurant News reported on August 28th the restaurant chain’s intention to source chicken produced without antibiotics, just days after the kickoff of several high profile campaigns.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Announces Process for Tackling Carbon Pollution Under the Clean Power Plan
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration announced today that Michigan would develop a state implementation plan to achieve carbon pollution reductions set by the federal Clean Power Plan. 

Report: Significant Energy Efficiency Savings Available to Ohioans for Years to Come
CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – A new study finds there is huge potential in Ohio to save families and businesses money on their utility bills through energy saving programs. This study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which examines reports from Ohio utilities as well as industry-standard programs that Ohio has yet to take into account, concludes the state has significant, cost-effective, and untapped energy efficiency potential just waiting to be utilized.

NRDC Turns Up Pressure on Subway to Disclose Antibiotic Use in Meat Production
WASHINGTON D.C. (August 26, 2015) – As Subway marks its 50th anniversary later this week, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today launched a national campaign urging Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain by number of locations, to publicly commit to phasing out the purchase of meats raised with the routine use of antibiotics. Many of Subway’s competitors, including McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and Panera Bread, and others, have announced major initiatives to eliminate routine use of antibiotics by their suppliers, leaving Subway far behind the pack.

Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste
WASHINGTON, D.C.  (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

New Jersey Court Approves Bad Deal Between Christie Administration & ExxonMobil Over Decades of Oil Refinery Pollution

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (August 25, 2015) – A New Jersey court today approved a settlement between ExxonMobil and Governor Chris Christie’s administration over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state. The settlement gives the oil giant a more than 98 percent discount on the state’s original price tag for restoring and replacing the resources.

NRDC: White House Initiative on Energy Efficiency and Other Clean Energy a Huge Step Forward
WASHINGTON (August 24, 2015) – The public-private initiative announced today by the Obama Administration will ease some of the worst impacts of climate change being felt in America’s low-income communities, where parents struggle to pay high energy bills and their children suffer from intensified cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases.

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