Whether you’re kayaking in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, fishing in the Susquehanna, or walking along the Schuylkill, our rivers and streams are a big part of what makes Pennsylvania so special. For decades, we’ve held the line for our waterways and fought tooth and nail to protect them from polluters. But in 2013, we came closer than ever to our biggest clean water victory in decades when President Obama took a much-needed step to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that give polluters free rein to exploit the waters we love.
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.
We're keeping Pennsylvania safe from fracking.
2013 was one of marked progress in our fight to protect Pennsylvania against Marcellus Shale gas drilling. We helped deliver the largest fracking petition of its kind in state history, released three new fracking reports, and helped produce a fracking exposé. But the biggest victory of the year came when the state’s heavily-slanted pro-drilling law that once gave drillers carte blanche to drill where they want, when they want, was finally overturned.