PennFuture Blog

Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy

PennFuture’s Legal Internship Program Helps to Train and Inspire the Next Generation of Environmental Lawyers in Pennsylvania

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
As PennFuture looks forward, we recognize that we need to be more involved with cultivating the legal talent that will continue to support our mission. Read more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Air Protections from Fossil Fuel Plants

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled back protections under the federal Mercury Air Toxics Standards regulations for both coal refuse plants and oil-and gas-fired plants. Read more

PennFuture Releases Updated Stream Redesignation Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Local Stream Protection Efforts

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
This 82-page manual serves as a guide for those looking to protect and maintain local stream quality by walking through the various steps of the official regulatory process, explaining the information needed for the petition, and recommending ways to garner support for the redesignation petition. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Attempts to Restrict the Clean Water Act’s Protections For Discharges Through Groundwater

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States issued arguably its most important Clean Water Act decision in the past decade. Read more

PennFuture taking holistic view of improving water quality around Philadelphia

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
PennFuture is happy to be part of the push for better water quality over the past several decades, especially in the Philadelphia region of the Delaware River Watershed. Read more

PennFuture Petitions DRBC to Recognize Primary Contact Recreation on the Mainstem Delaware River

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
PennFuture and a coalition of organizations submitted a petition to the Delaware River Basin Commission to upgrade the regulatory status of a portion of the lower Delaware River. Read more

Tohickon Creek Is Saved...For Now

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
The Department of Environmental Protection has pulled back from plans to downgrade the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County. Read more

PennFuture Submits Comments Opposing the Dirty Water Rule, Engages More Than 1,400 Citizens to Do the Same

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
On Monday, April 15, PennFuture submitted public comments opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed revised definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Read more

New Definition of “Waters of the United States” Threatens Clean Water Act Protections

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
On February 14, 2019, the federal agencies tasked with regulating our nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act – the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers – issued a new definition of “waters of the United States,” which will dramatically limit the protections of the Cle Read more

Supreme Court Decision May Impact Trump Administration’s Attempt to Repeal the Clean Water Rule

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision yesterday that challenges to EPA’s Clean Water Rule (CWR) were properly brought before federal District Courts, and not federal appellate courts. Read more

How to Effectively Comment on the DRBC’s Draft Fracking Regulations

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Let your voice be heard in the process to protect the Delaware River Basin. Read more