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NRDC: White House Antibiotics Plan Too Weak on Curbing Misuse of Drugs in Livestock
WASHINGTON (March 26, 2015) – In response to the Administration’s National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which leaked today, Mae Wu, health attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:

China’s Coal Cap Policy Will Increase Country’s Clean Energy Jobs
BEIJING (March 26, 2015) – China’s national policies to control coal consumption can lead to greater and better employment opportunities in China’s power sector and related industries, according to a new study released today by the China Coal Cap Project, a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers. The study analyzes the overall employment benefits of establishing a national coal cap policy starting in China’s 13th Five Year Plan, which begins next year.

House Budget An Assault on Our Health and Environment
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Republican-led House today passed a 2016 federal budget resolution. David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this comment:

NRDC: GOP Launches “Brazen Bid” to Give Polluters Free Rein
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – Congressional Republicans are proposing a bill and an amendment  this week that would allow states to opt-out of the Obama Administration's pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. The budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and bill by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) strike at the heart of the federal Clean Air Act by letting each state simply walk away from such national clean air requirements, giving big polluters free rein to foul the air.

NRDC Ads: Sens. Portman & Toomey Voted for Polluters over Climate Action
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a six-figure multi-state ad campaign taking to task two key senators for votes backing a big polluter agenda while praising three of their colleagues for voting to back health and clean energy and action on climate change.

NRDC Statement on New Rules for Fracking on Federal Lands
WASHINGTON (March 20, 2015) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management today released its final rules that will apply to fracking on federal and tribal lands.

Obama Takes New Actions to Curb Carbon Pollution
WASHINGTON (March 19, 2015) -- President Obama today signed an executive order that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the federal government by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years.

License Plates for Pollinators: Illinois General Assembly Mulls New License Plate to Fund Monarch “Butterfly Highways” Habitat Restoration
CHICAGO (March 17, 2015) - Dwindling populations of monarch butterflies would get a boost from new legislation for a special Illinois state license plate featuring the state insect. Revenue from the sale of the monarch butterfly license plates would be used to expand acreage planted with milkweed, the plant monarchs need to survive. Senate Bill 1742 and House Bill 3465 will create a “Roadside Monarch Habitat Fund” for roadside monarch and other pollinator habitat development, enhancement, and restoration projects in Illinois.

NRDC: Boxer Chemical Safety Bill a “Significant Improvement” Over Current Law
WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015) – Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is holding a press conference today to discuss a bill she has introduced with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to reform the nation’s chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  The Boxer-Markey bill is a counter to a bill released earlier by Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

NRDC: Governor Snyder Outlines Bold Vision for Michigan’s Energy Future
CHICAGO (March 13, 2015) – In a highly-anticipated address, Governor Rick Snyder today laid out his vision for securing Michigan’s energy needs through a mix of renewables and energy savings, while dramatically reducing the state’s reliance on coal by 2015. The Governor’s plan would increase the percentage renewable energy to as much as 24 percent, but would not increase the renewables mandate beyond the 10 percent required under a 2008 law.

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