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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.


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.


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