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Editorial: Toxic status quo: There's a long way to go in cleaning up waterways

Pittsburgh's rivers have become such popular spots for recreation that it's been easy to assume that toxin-laden waters were a relic of the region's past.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Wasting our Waterways 2012

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threat- ening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

10 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Pennsylvania’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped more than 10 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Pennsylvania’s waterways, making Pennsylvania’s waterways the seventh worst in the nation, according to a new report released today by PennEnvironment.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

Building a Better America

We can save money and help solve global warming by reducing the amount of energy we use, including in the buildings where we live and work every day. More than 40 percent of our energy — and 10 percent of all the energy used in the world — goes toward powering America’s buildings. But today’s high-efficiency homes and buildings prove that we have the technology and skills to drastically improve the efficiency of our buildings while simultaneously improving their comfort and affordability.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution, Save Pennsylvania Families $400 Annually

Pennsylvania families could save $400 every year on their electricity bills by 2030 if the government invests in the energy efficiency of our buildings today, according to a new report by PennEnvironment. Saving energy in our buildings would also help Pennsylvania’s fight against global warming, reducing global warming pollution from buildings by 27 percent—the equivalent of taking 18 million cars off the road.

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