Maine's Penobscot River

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America's Northeast is home to some of the nation’s oldest wilderness and most densely populated cities, with some communities on the front lines of the fracking boom while others lead the way in clean energy. The region's role as a financial, academic, and political powerhouse elevates many of its challenges and solutions to the national level.

NRDC works throughout the Northeast—including New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—to protect the region’s environment, advance our top priorities through local action, and use our advocacy successes as models for sustainability that can be replicated in other communities across the country.

Some of our accomplishments:

  • Helped compel General Electric to begin cleaning up toxic PCBs in the Hudson River.
  • Successfully fought a lengthy legal battle against a corporate polluter that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River.
  • Played key role in designing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for northeastern states, helping cut carbon pollution from power plants by more than 40 percent by 2013 and generating nearly $400 million of savings on energy bills.
  • Litigated key environmental justice cases, including successfully representing neighborhoods in Albany, New York, that were contaminated by lead from a state-operated garbage incinerator and securing a landmark federal court settlement with the New York City Housing Authority on chronic mold problems that will help the 400,000 public-housing residents.
  • Helped secure a ban on natural gas fracking in New York while also helping to advance that state’s landmark renewable, energy efficiency, and green building programs
  • Worked with the New England and Mid-Atlantic fishery management councils to set catch limits that sustain species for generations to come.