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WASHINGTON (December 11, 2013) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration today released a long pending policy that lays out a voluntary approach to reducing the use of antibiotics in animals that are not sick. The policy, known as Guidance 213, was widely criticized by NRDC and other public interest organizations when it was released in draft form in April 2012, because it fails to require any changes in the use of antibiotics.
WASHINGTON (December 10, 2013) – House and Senate budget leaders reached an important bipartisan agreement today that deserves approval by Congress because it would alleviate some of the indiscriminate domestic spending cuts that already have curbed health and environmental protections, and safe drinking water programs Americans depend on.
WASHINGTON (December 10, 2013) -- House and Senate conferees are nearing a deal that could mute the public's voice on major flood control, dam and other water projects, a deal that currently has the support of California’s Sen. Barbara Boxer. Both the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Development Act, which passed earlier this year, contain provisions that weakened the National Environmental Policy Act, the key legislation that requires the federal government to disclose the environmental impacts of large construction projects, and gives the public its main opportunity to make objections and suggest alternatives.
WASHINGTON (December 10, 2013) – Oral arguments will be heard in two crucial cases today when the U.S. Supreme Court considers a federal rule to limit power plant sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions that blow across state lines, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court addresses another rule to curb their unhealthy mercury and toxic air pollution.
WASHINGTON (December 6, 2013)--The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a new rule that would allow wind farms to kill bald eagles and golden eagles for 30 years, up from the current five-year period. The FWS rejected recommendations from the wind industry and conservation groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, that would have better protected eagles while allowing much-needed wind energy projects to go forward. Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON (December 5, 2013)--A pioneering plan proposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council would reduce carbon pollution from America’s existing power plants by at least 20 percent this decade while delivering more than $20 billion in public health and environmental benefits, according to Dan Lashof, director of the Clean Air and Climate program at NRDC.
MOSCOW, Russia (Dec. 5, 2013) — As the biennial meeting of the international Polar Bear Agreement began today in Moscow, Russia, new data points to an unsustainable rise in hunting that threatens the species. Despite the grim outlook for polar bears due to the growing threat of climate change, Canadian polar bear kills have risen at alarming rate, in excess of 10 percent over previous years.
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2013) -- Prominent climate scientist James Hansen and colleagues today announced publication of a new paper which argues, based on geologic data, that the current goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius is too dangerous and that policymakers should aim to limit the increase to one degree instead.
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2013) – The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, upon the announcement by Nancy Sutley that she plans to resign as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
PORTLAND, ME (December 3, 2013) – It takes great water to make great beer, so the Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with a half dozen of Maine’s most beloved craft brewers to launch a campaign in the state advocating for strong clean water safeguards. The Maine kickoff extends NRDC’s national “Brewers for Clean Water” campaign to help translate the amazing economic growth of the craft brewing sector into a powerful voice on behalf of clean water protections in the United States.