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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.

Clean Air Leaders Hail EPA Public Hearings On Climate Action to Protect Health, Wildlife, And the Environment

WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) — With climate change a present danger to the American people’s health, environment and the nation’s wildlife, clean air leaders today hailed the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic public hearings this week on its Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants, a key driver of climate change.

Appeals Court Allows Industry Misuse of Antibiotics in Animals to Continue
NEW YORK (July 24, 2014) – In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have to consider banning the practice of regularly feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick despite its finding that such misuse of antibiotics threatens the effectiveness of essential human medicines. The appeals court overturned two district court rulings in cases brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups, which directed the FDA to stop the routine use of certain antibiotics in healthy animals unless drug manufacturers proved the safety of such use.

Governor Quinn Signs Clean Water Initiative
CHICAGO (July 23, 2014) – Governor Patrick Quinn will sign into law today legislation that will help Illinois cities better prepare for the impacts of climate change.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) worked with the legislature and with Governor Quinn’s administration to develop the legislation and worked to support the bill’s passage.

NRDC: McCarthy Lays out Clear Case for Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON (July 23, 2014) – Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke issued the following statement after Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before a congressional panel on carbon pollution standards:

NRDC: Polluter Partnership Wrong to Reject Climate Action
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – The following is a statement from Peter Altman, Climate Campaign director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on misguided complaints issued today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future about proposed first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants.

Report: Chicago’s World-famous Skyline is Crunching Carbon—and Your Town Can too!
CHICAGO (July 18, 2014) – Chicago’s unique partnership to showcase energy efficiency efforts in the city’s biggest buildings is already delivering impressive savings and offers a replicable model for other municipalities according to a new report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Federal Government OKs Seismic Exploration for Oil, Gas on the East Coast
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2014) — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a decision today that would open the East Coast — from the New Jersey/ Delaware border to Cape Canaveral, Florida — to dangerous “seismic” exploration for offshore oil and gas. This seismic testing threatens to harm already-imperiled marine mammal populations as well as important commercial fisheries throughout the region, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

EPA Proposes Limits to Protect Wild Salmon, Prevent Massive Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
WASHINGTON (July 18, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency today formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project, a controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska.

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