PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out—all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. Our staff research the issues, educate the public and win tangible results.
Investigating problems and crafting solutions
Protecting the air we breathe. Every Pennsylvanian should be able to breathe clean air. But smog pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our children and families at risk. Our report, Danger in the Air, shone a light on the smoggiest cities and counties in Pennsylvania, and recommended solutions for cleaning up our air.
Educating the public and making our voices heard
Shining a spotlight on illegal polluters. A 2007 PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center study uncovered that GenOn Energy had illegally dumped manganese, selenium and other pollutants into the Conemaugh River for years, with potentially toxic effects on wildlife. When the government failed to step in, our sister group PennEnvironment sued to stop the pollution. Four years later, a judge ruled the company liable for a staggering 8,684 violations of the Clean Water Act. GenOn was ordered to end the pollution and pay a record-breaking $3.75 million to restore the Conemaugh.
The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center would like to thank the 1675 Foundation, the Cameron Foundation, the Claneil Foundation, the Colcom Foundation, the George and Miriam Martin Foundation, the Gerszten Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, the Howard J. Sedran Family Foundation, the Laurel Foundation, the Leo Model Foundation, the Marion Prochazka Charitable Remainder Trust, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the William Penn Foundation for supporting our work.
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PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center gratefully accept bequests, beneficiary designations of IRAs and life insurance, and gifts of securities to support our work. Your gift will assure that we can continue to protect America’s air, water and open spaces for future generations.