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Ohio Fracking Spill Highlights Problems with State Disclosure Laws

Posted July 25, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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After tens of thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals flowed into a creek last month in Ohio, officials with the state and federal environmental protection agencies, who oversee the safety of drinking water, were forced to wait for five days...continued

BUSTED: Big Ag's Big Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted July 24, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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One of my kids’ (and my) favorite TV shows is “Mythbusters.” It’s got a great combination of fact-based scrutiny of popularly held beliefs and a healthy dose of excellently infantile humor.  Given how fun they make it look, I expected...continued

Poll: Overwhelming Support for Climate Action, Holding Polluters Accountable

Posted July 24, 2014 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Most Californians are concerned about climate threats and continue to support the state’s clean energy laws to reduce global warming emissions, including requiring oil companies to pay for their pollution just as other major polluters already do. That’s according to...continued

State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning

Posted July 23, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or...continued

Enforcement of key maintenance provision lacking under Port of LA's Clean Truck Program

Posted July 23, 2014 by Morgan Wyenn in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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UPDATE as of July 24: We are happy to report that the Port of LA's Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to adopt the new Concession Agreement and committed to putting together a plan for the enforcement of the Concession's maintenance...continued

Illinois' Water Plan: How to Prepare for a Warmer, More Flood-Prone Climate

Posted July 23, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Days before the 4th of July weekend, the Chicago Park District closed every one of the city’s lakefront beaches, due to concerns about water pollution. Heavy rains had overwhelmed the city’s combined sewer system, pushing billions of gallons of polluted...continued

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

Posted July 23, 2014 by Ben Chou in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair....continued

Small Business Owners Want Clean Water Protections

Posted July 23, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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80 percent of small business owners favor restoring federal clean water protections to streams and wetlands, according to a new poll.  These are some of the very waterbodies that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers propose...continued

Pennsylvania: hundreds of water supplies contaminated while audit finds state unprepared to protect drinking water from fracking

Posted July 22, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that  oil and gas operations have contaminated Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007. Also in Pennsylvania, the Auditor General issued a report on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its performance in monitoring the potential...continued

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number? Tell That to Climate Change

Posted July 22, 2014 by Tiffany Traynum in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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It’s not easy getting older. Believe me, as perhaps the oldest member of the NRDC ‘Youth Task Force’ nearly every day I am faced with the laughable question “so when do I retire from the force”? And once I’m identified...continued

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