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NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Worth Magazine has named NRDC one of America’s 100 best charities, and the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau reports that NRDC meets its highest standards for accountability and use of donor funds.
NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws. Today, our staff of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts — a MacArthur “genius” award-winner among them — work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.
The New York Times calls us “One of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups.” The National Journal says we’re “A credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection.”
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) –A federal Court of Appeals should uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s sensible, legal and fair Clean Power Plan, and reject polluters’ deeply flawed arguments against the landmark plan to curb dangerous power plant carbon pollution, clean air legal experts said today.
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) – Leading U.S. and Mexico clean air and health advocates today urged the Mexican government to stand up to polluters and finalize long-delayed heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, critically needed to address the country’s harmful air pollution, meet its Paris climate pledge and align with emissions limits already in place in the U.S. and Canada
WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) – A one-year progress report released today by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria reveals federal experts have so far failed to address one of the main drivers behind the epidemic: overuse of human antibiotics in livestock, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last-ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road-free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.
CHICAGO, IL (March 24, 2015) – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups are asking a federal court to order home water delivery for every household in the Michigan city served by Flint’s water system. Flint’s tap water remains unsafe and is likely to remain undrinkable for months due to persistent lead contamination. The groups are asking the court to direct the delivery of bottled water to people’s homes, as many Flint residents cannot obtain water for their daily needs due to transportation or other access issues.
WASHINGTON (March 23, 2016) – The Environmental Protection Agency should stop allowing the oil, gas and nuclear industries to intentionally contaminate underground water sources with hazardous chemicals and waste, according to a petition filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The dumping allowed under current EPA policy has already destroyed thousands of potential drinking water supplies nationwide, primarily in areas experiencing moderate or severe water stress.