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Community Legislation

Earthjustice filed a complaint on behalf of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Gasp, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Sierra Club, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improperly regulating coke ovens – producers of known carcinogens – thus failing to protect communities throughout the country. Over a decade ago, EPA found that carcinogenic emissions from coke ovens destroy air quality and cause devastating health complications, yet plaintiffs in the case argue the agency failed to act to protect nearby communities from this threat.

Charlestown Township and  French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc.sought review of a prior decision regarding the implemenation of a conservation easement held by French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc. on property now owned by the Naylors.   Representing the Pennsylvania Land Trust Alliance (PALTA), PennFuture submitted an amicus brief in support of Charlestown Township and French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc. 

This suit sought to compel the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to enforce the City's green infrastructure stormwater ordinance at the Buncher Company's development in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Community Policies

Introduced: Sen. John Blake (D)
Creates the Penn-STAR Program, the Commonwealth's first Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. This would allow municipalities to voluntarily create a C-PACE program and float a bond to cover the upfront cost of commercial building owners retrofitting properties for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Owners would pay back the loan through their property tax bill.

More Information:
Letter of Support (February 2017)

Introduced: Sen. Thomas McGarrigle (R)
Eliminates DEP from regulating transportation of leachate from a landfill to an off-site facility.

Community Blog Posts

This is the second in an ongoing series of blogs taking a deeper look at the comments, misinformation, hyperbole, and criticisms from the natural gas and petrochemical industry as well as their allies in their attempt to sell Pennsylvanians on the virtues of its climate-killing sector.
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PennFuture senior attorney Alice Baker recently went to Washington, D.C. to watch a case involving the federal Clean Water Act.
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Often times, showing is better than telling. That’s why PennFuture last month organized a bus tour in an effort to highlight the social, economic and environmental benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia.
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Community News

PennFuture has submitted comments about the potential environmental impacts of the Interstate 80 reconstruction project in Monroe County.
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The Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water work group recently sent a comment letter to the DEP for the Leidy South pipeline project.
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