After we helped to deliver more than 30,000 public comments, a little-known agency called the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) chose to delay a proposal that would open up our Delaware River—and the drinking water supply for more than 15 million people—to harmful gas drilling.
EPA to limit air pollution from gas drilling.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently held hearings nationwide, including in Pittsburgh, on newly proposed regulations that would drastically cut down on air pollution from gas and oil sites across the country. With hundreds of Pennsylvanians turning out to show their support for clean air regulations, and thousands more sending public comments, we should see these regulations in place by the spring of 2012.
New limits on carbon pollution
In conjunction with our national federation, we helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to set smart new limits on the amount of smog-forming carbon pollution that new coal-fired power plants can emit – an important victory for the 836,880 adults and 228,593 children in Pennsylvania who suffer from asthma, which is exacerbated by smog.
Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies
After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause for young children and babies in utero, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that power plants must reduce the amount of mercury they emit by 90 percent.