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Clean Air Experts: Appeals Court Should Uphold Sound and Sensible Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) –A federal Court of Appeals should uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s sensible, legal and fair Clean Power Plan, and reject polluters’ deeply flawed arguments against the landmark plan to curb dangerous power plant carbon pollution, clean air legal experts said today.

Mexico Should Adopt Overdue Heavy-duty Vehicle Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) – Leading U.S. and Mexico clean air and health advocates today urged the Mexican government to stand up to polluters and finalize long-delayed heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, critically needed to address the country’s harmful air pollution, meet its Paris climate pledge and align with emissions limits already in place in the U.S. and Canada

President’s Advisory Council on Antibiotic Resistance Fails to Reduce Overuse in Livestock
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) – A one-year progress report released today by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria reveals federal experts have so far failed to address one of the main drivers behind the epidemic: overuse of human antibiotics in livestock, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Court Leaves Rules in Place that Protect Tongass Rainforest Wildlands from Damaging Logging, Road Construction
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last-ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road-free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.

Groups Ask Federal Court to Order Home Water Delivery in Flint, As Tap Water Remains Unsafe
CHICAGO, IL  (March 24, 2015) – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups are asking a federal court to order home water delivery for every household in the Michigan city served by Flint’s water system. Flint’s tap water remains unsafe and is likely to remain undrinkable for months due to persistent lead contamination. The groups are asking the court to direct the delivery of bottled water to people’s homes, as many Flint residents cannot obtain water for their daily needs due to transportation or other access issues.

NRDC Petitions EPA to Stop Letting Industry Dump Chemicals, Waste in Potential Drinking Water Sources
WASHINGTON (March 23, 2016) – The Environmental Protection Agency should stop allowing the oil, gas and nuclear industries to intentionally contaminate underground water sources with hazardous chemicals and waste, according to a petition filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The dumping allowed under current EPA policy has already destroyed thousands of potential drinking water supplies nationwide, primarily in areas experiencing moderate or severe water stress.

Over $5 Billion Pledged to Improve U.S. Drinking Water Systems, Bolster Protections on World Water Day
WASHINGTON (March 22, 2016) – More than 150 companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies at a White House summit today committed over $5 billion to improve drinking water accessibility and quality for all Americans over the next decade

Flint Hearing Reinforces Need for Federal Court to Restore Safe Drinking Water
WASHINGTON, DC (March 17, 2016) – The second congressional hearing of the week on the Flint water crisis showcased Michigan Governor Snyder and EPA Administrator McCarthy laying blame for the disaster at each other’s feet today.

Supreme Court Nominee Deserves Fair Hearing, Consideration
WASHINGTON (March 16, 2016) – President Obama this morning is scheduled to nominate a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

NRDC: China Sets Course to Cut Climate-Changing Pollution and Expand Clean Energy
WASHINGTON (March 15, 2016) – China has released a new five-year ''National Economic and Social Development'' plan that will escalate its transition from coal to a clean energy economy. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

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