Report Calls For More Rail Inspections and Offers Common Sense Solutions and Immediate Fixes
Philadelphia - Today, the Wolf Administration released the findings and safety recommendations of its railroad consultant, Dr. Allan Zarembski, Ph.D., who was hired in April to investigate the rail infrastructure and the risks involved in the transport of crude by rail in Pennsylvania.
Final Rule continues to unnecessarily expose communities and the environment to more danger
Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Final Rule on Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. The final rule confirms what many suspected – it is business as usual for the crude by rail industry. Despite the horrific oil train derailments that continue to occur across North America that have led to deaths, injury, and environmental damage, the public can continue to expect more oil train derailments for years to come.
Philadelphia, PA - Today, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Green Philly, PennFuture, and Tookany-Tacony Frankford/Watershed Partnership commended Councilman Mark Squilla and City Council for introducing single use bag legislation that would impose a small fee for any person(s) who uses a single use bag when making a purchase from a retail establishment. Reducing bags is an easy way to tackle the City's ongoing problem with trash that ends up in rivers and streams, clogs storm drains, and negatively impacts neighborhoods. Environmental organizations have been calling for the introduction of a bag bill for many, many months and are delighted by today's news.
LANSING – Today, state leaders announced that they intend to develop a State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP) to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time in history. The SCIP must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was introduced on August 3 or be subject to the federal implementation plan.