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NRDC’s Suh: Business of Combating Climate Change is the Business of America
WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) – Thirteen of America's largest companies today pledged to significantly slash their carbon pollution, increase their reliance on renewable sources of energy and invest more than $140 billion in a drive to lessen their carbon footprint.

Obama Announces Rules to Protect Endangered Elephants
WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2015) — President Obama today announced important new regulations on elephant ivory that would further restrict interstate sales. If finalized, these important new regulations would place a near-total ban on domestic ivory sales, imports, and exports of African elephant ivory.

Voluntary EPA Program to Reduce Methane from Oil & Gas Industry Won’t Cut It
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2015) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a proposed voluntary initiative for reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, called the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.

NRDC: ‘Misguided’ Arctic Drilling Permit Approval has ‘Lit Fuse’ on Disaster for Pristine Ocean, Climate
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2015) – Shell was granted final federal permits today that clear the way for the oil company to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Groups Sue EPA for Failure to Protect Communities from Hazardous Spills from Storage Facilities
WASHINGTON (July 21, 2015) – The Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA) and People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sued the Environmental Protection Agency today, citing its decades-long failure to prevent and contain the discharge of dangerous chemicals from thousands of industrial facilities around the country.

NRDC: Canadian Energy Policy Facilitates Tar Sands Pipelines, Not Carbon Reduction
WASHINGTON (July 17, 2015) – Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers today issued a national energy strategy, after lengthy negotiations. While the premiers added new recommendations on clean energy and energy efficiency to a tepid commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the strategy continues to advance its carbon-intensive tar sands industry, emphasizing the need to expedite approval for new tar sands pipelines.

House Passes Special-Interest Bill Masquerading as Drought Relief Measure

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2015) – The House today passed a brazen anti-environment bill masquerading as a drought relief measure.

NRDC President Rhea Suh Urges Support for Historic Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON (July 15, 2015) – Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, today called for urgent and strong action to combat dangerous climate change, and released a 12-chapter resource manual that bolsters the case for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

New Report: U.S. Power Sector Continues to Reduce Air Pollution Emissions in Advance of EPA’s Clean Power Plan
BOSTON, MA – The most comprehensive analysis to date on U.S. power plant air pollution emissions shows that most of the nation’s largest electric utilities have seen significant reductions in global warming pollution in recent years.  The report’s release comes as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to finalize the Clean Power Plan to further reduce that pollution.

Court Rejects Green Groups’ Effort to Stop Bad-Deal Settlement Between ExxonMobil and Christie Administration Over Pollution

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (July 13, 2015) – A New Jersey court today rejected environmental groups’ motion to intervene in litigation brought by the State of New Jersey against ExxonMobil Corporation over damages due for decades of toxic soil and water contamination in the northern part of the state. The groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, were urging the court to reject a proposed settlement between the two parties for 2.5 percent of the original price tag.

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