Increase Renewable Energy Requirements

Pennsylvania's once innovative Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) is now way behind the times. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country to include fossil fuels in its AEPS. And finally, Pennsylvania lets energy providers purchase their solar power from out-of-state, which severely limits job growth in PA. Please ask your state representatives in Harrisburg to support raising Pennsylvania's renewable energy requirement to at least 15% by 2023.

Tell Harrisburg You Want the Latest Building Codes Enacted

Residential and Commercial buildings consumed over 40% of Pennsylvania’s energy in 2011. In 2011, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania State Legislature made it harder to update building codes and chose to opt-out of automatic efficiency measure updates. Every three years, the International Code Council (ICC) publishes new standards aimed at making buildings more energy efficient. While the 2012 standards came and went, Pennsylvania is still relying on the 2009 recommendations.

Comment Period on State Oil and Gas Regulations Extended to March 14

In mid-December, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued proposed changes to the state’s oil and gas regulations, known as Chapter 78 of the Pennsylvania Code. Act 13, the oil and gas law passed in 2012, requires DEP to make these changes. They are also necessary because regulations for conventional drilling are outdated and inadequate given the large amount of land and water used and waste and pollution produced in shale gas development.

Demand a Hearing on Proposed Westmoreland County Shale Gas Power Plant

PA DEP IS CONSIDERING APPROVING ANOTHER SHALE GAS POWER PLANT - COMMENT NOW AND SEND A PETITION TO THE COMPANY

Stop Governor Corbett from Gutting Endangered Species Act

 

The Corbett Administration and some Pennsylvania Legislators are trying to gut the Pennsylvania Endangered Species Act. Please stand against HB 1567 and SB 1047 and leave the power to protect Pennsylvania’s wildlife in the hands of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, who have the scientists needed to make the best decisions on which native species are in need of being protected.

Cut Carbon Dioxide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. The Council has been working hard to get EPA to take this action over the last two years. The coal industry, and their friends in Congress, are putting great pressure on EPA not to move forward. We need your help.

Follow Through on Offshore Wind

Urge Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to follow through on promises to develop offshore wind energy.  Last March, Governor Corbett signed the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Memorandum of Understanding and joined the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition.  However, the Administration’s single-minded focus on promoting shale gas is leaving truly renewable energy options like wind behind.  Take action and tell DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo to act now t

Report Shale Gas Air Pollution NOW

Clean Air Council is announcing a new auto-alert system for notifying relevant agencies about odors, noises or visible emissions that residents suspect are coming from natural gas operations in their community. 

Stop coal corrupted PA Reps from crippling the EPA

Please ask your U.S. House member to stop Representative Bill Shuster’s bill which seeks to prevent the U.S Environmental Protection Agency from developing rules that protect public health from excessive air pollution. The ill-named Domestic Energy Production Protection Act would require mandatory Congressional approval of all major EPA rules, bogging down the EPA’s ability to get its work done.

DEP Needs a New Public Input Process

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is currently revising a policy on how the public will be allowed to participate in the permitting of polluting facilities. Many of these policies and procedures, for instance, will directly impact how residents living near polluted facilities will be able to participate in decisions about shale gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania.  This is your chance to tell PA DEP what you think about their proposed policy changes and make your own suggestions. 

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