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NRDC Announces Rhea Suh as New President
NEW YORK (September 17, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced today that Rhea Suh, the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the U.S Department of the Interior, will join NRDC as its new president in January 2015.  Frances Beinecke will retire as NRDC president in December after forty years with the organization, nine as president.

Study: Mid-Atlantic Utility Customers Could Miss Out on $1.3 Billion Savings Opportunity
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2014) – Electric customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia could miss out on as much as $1.3 billion in bill utility savings over the next three years because their regional transmission grid operator, PJM, is significantly undercounting the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs that reduce the need to generate more electricity, according to an analysis released today by The Brattle Group.

Public Views Can Ensure Most Effective Carbon Pollution Standards
WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) –  David Doniger, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement that it will extend the public comment period on its proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants:

Climate Change Expected to Raise U.S. Wildfire Costs by $10 Billion- $60 Billion per Year in Just Four Decades
WASHINGTON (September 16, 2014) – Climate change could take a serious toll on the U.S. economy by expanding by 50 percent the area that wildfires burn —and raising projected damages by tens of billions of dollars a year by 2050, according to a new economic study released today.

America Must Stay on Track to First-Ever Curbs on Climate Pollution
WASHINGTON (September 11, 2014) –  Franz Matzner, the associate director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement today in response to a letter from several senators asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend the public comment period on its proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants operating today in the United States:

House Vote against Clean Water Protections Ignores Toledo Lessons
WASHINGTON (September 9, 2014) —One month after the toxic algae disaster in Toledo demonstrated the perils of water pollution, the Republican-controlled House today passed a bill (H.R. 5078) to block improvements in the Clean Water Act that would help prevent such crises in the future.

Climate Deniers Are Uninterested in Debating the Need to Address Climate Change, Public Health
WASHINGTON (September 2, 2014) -- The following is a statement from Ed Chen, federal communications director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to an announced Republican congressional investigation of NRDC’s role in combating climate change and protecting public health:

California Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown for Signature
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (August 30, 2014) – Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment. As the 2013-14 California Legislative session drew to a close early this morning, environmental and health groups celebrated big wins for clean air, clean transportation, coastal protection, chemical disclosure, healthy communities and clean water.

Updated Illinois Fracking Rules: While Improved, They Don’t Make Fracking Safe
CHICAGO (August 29, 2014) – In response to a historic volume of public comments, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released updates to their highly controversial draft regulations governing fracking in the state today. In their initial read through of the new rules, NRDC experts note a number of critical changes requested by the environmental community have been made, but a deeper analysis of the highly-technical rules will be necessary to better assess if a bevy of concerns have been adequately addressed.

Nuclear Waste Storage Decision Poses Long-Term Public Health Risks
WASHINGTON (August 26, 2014) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a controversial new rule and Environmental Impact Statement regarding nuclear waste that could pose long-term risks to public health and the environment.  

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