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West Chester stormwater case: how ordinance language can harm PA’s pollution control

by Malisa Dang, Legal Intern
Court's ruling on stormwater charge generated controversy among other municipalities with similar stormwater ordinances and tax-exempted entities. Read more

Philly Spill Scare: This Is Why We Fight

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney
We dodged the worst this time, but this could happen again. Industry and other polluters are not going to keep us safe simply out of the goodness of their hearts, which is why we need to fight for stronger regulations. Read more

Why PennFuture, Partners Petitioned EPA to Object to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works Title V Operating Permit

by Angela Kilbert, Staff Attorney
The renewed air permit for U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works fails to include the monitoring and testing requirements needed to ensure the facility actually complies with its permit limits. Read more

Environmental Disaster from East Palestine, OH Train Derailment

by Leigh Martinez, Communications Director
Shocking in its scale and potential effects, the disaster's long-term health and environmental impacts may not be known for months or even years Read more

Introducing PennFuture’s New Legal & Policy Interns!

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
This spring, we have two fantastic students for our internship, representing a range of backgrounds and experiences Read more

PennFuture and Partners Convince EPA to Upgrade Delaware River Water Quality Standards

by Jessica O'Neill, Senior Attorney
On December 1, the EPA took the rare step and granted our petition! Read more

Distribution Centers Bring into Focus Limitations of Local Zoning Laws

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by Donna Kohut, Campaign Manager
A recent decision made by local officials in Monroe County demonstrates how paying close attention to zoning ordinances can help overturn ill-advised warehouse projects. Read more

Erie’s Stormwater Fee Program Becomes Reality

by Jenny Tompkins, Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy
Erie City Council passed a much-anticipated stormwater user fee. Read more

The Clean Water Act’s 50-Year Impact on Pennsylvania

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Despite the Clean Water Act's protections, Pennsylvania still struggles to restore our impaired waterways Read more

Upholding the True Meaning of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment

by Jessica O'Neill, Senior Attorney
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit recently handed down a decision upholding the ban on fracking in the Delaware River basin, the latest in a series of legal disputes over the state’s constitutional protections for the Delaware River — and all waterways throughout the Commonwealth. Read more

Reasons to Remain Hopeful as Supreme Court Rules on Clean Water Act’s Future

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Sackett vs EPA could perhaps raise the most hotly contested Clean Water Act issues in more than 50 years Read more

Growing Greener Lives On – with Bipartisan Support

by Senator John Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108)
Senator John Gordner (SD-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (HD-108) detail the history and importance behind the State Parks and Outdoor Recreation Program. Read more

How we helped create "A Shared Vision for Pennsylvania’s Environment and Communities" and where we go next

by Michael Mehrazar, Campaign Manager
On August 2, PennFuture and 30 partner organizations released a bold new agenda that represents our shared values and priorities ahead of elections this fall. Read more

Recent Passage of Lawn Care Bill Will Improve Pennsylvania's Waterways

by Renee Reber, Campaign Manager, Watershed Advocacy
For over a decade clean water advocates have sought updates to Pennsylvania’s Fertilizer Act to include more protections for waterways. At last, this July we can celebrate the passage of such legislation. Read more

Aquashicola Creek Finally Given Exceptional Value Designation

by Donna Kohut, Campaign Manager
After languishing at the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) for nearly twelve years, the Aquashicola Creek was finally recognized as an Exceptional Value designation in January. Read more

Pennsylvania Began Participation in RGGI on July 1. What Happens Next?

by Emma Bast, Staff Attorney, Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy and Climate
With the RGGI Rule in effect, but its neck under a blade, what does it all mean, and what could happen from here? Read more

We Must Continue to Work for Change

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
On her final blog as PennFuture President and CEO, Jacquelyn Bonomo reflects on her 37-year career in environmental advocacy, and offers hopes for the future of environmental work in Pennsylvania. Read more

Philly Tree Fund Bill A Significant Step in Protection of Tree Canopy

by Ishan Maratha, Public Policy Intern
This legislation was an effort to implement ideas from the recent draft of the Philly Tree Plan, Philadelphia’s first long-term urban forest planning initiative, which is expected to be finalized in the coming months. Read more

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