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Profile: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)


Positions that Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has held:




Quote, December 11, 2002

   “The science is open and shut that this kind of logging in the back country poses great risks, and can even make fires worse. These are the projects where environmental review is most needed and where informed public input and oversight is most critical.” [CBS News, 11/27/2002]

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Quote, December 16, 2002

   “The final rule puts polluters first. The Bush EPA gave agribusiness increased protection from liability for polluting our waterways. It's a sweet deal for factory farm polluters, but it stinks for the rest of us.” [Natural Resources Defense Council, 12/16/2002]

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Quote, January 2003

   “There's nothing hazy about what's going on here. A political decision benefiting the Bush administration's industry friends once again trumped the environmental concerns of government scientists charged with protecting our national parks and public health.” [Natural Resources Defense Council, n.d.]

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Quote, March 10, 2003

   “Everybody recognizes these kinds of construction activities cause serious water pollution, but the Bush administration is excusing one sector of industry—their friends in the oil and gas industry. You not only have the problems of erosion, but you have the potential for toxic pollution.” [Associated Press, 1/28/2003]

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Quote, July 11, 2003

   “If the administration gets its way, thousands of streams, wetlands and other waters would no longer be protected by the law, allowing industry to dredge, fill or dump waste into them without a permit and without notifying the public.” [Natural Resources Defense Council, 7/11/2003]

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) actively participated in the following events:


2003      Bush's environmental record

       The number of beach closings and health safety advisories increases 51 percent over the year 2002 at US oceans and Great Lakes, according to an annual survey conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In fact, 2003 is the worst year ever recorded by the organization since it began monitoring US shorelines fourteen years ago. Eighty-eight percent of the closings are due to high levels of bacteria indicative of human and animal waste. “We know that the high bacteria levels that cause most closings and advisories come from two sources—inadequately treated sewage and contaminated stormwater,” says Nancy Stoner, director of NRDC's Clean Water Project. “We have a major water system breakdown across the country, and local, state and federal authorities need to wake up and fix it.” [Environmental News Service (ENN) Sources: NRDC Annual Report - Testing the Waters 2004]
People and organizations involved: Bush administration, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

April 2, 2004      Bush's environmental record

       The Environmental Protection Agency posts a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it will continue studying the 51 drinking water contaminants included in its 1998 Contaminant Candidate List. [Sources: Federal Register, Vol 69., No. 64] But the announcement seems to suggest that the EPA is continuing to ignore recommendations embodied in three National Research Council reports—Setting Priorities for Drinking Water Contaminants (1999), Identifying Future Drinking Water Contaminants (1999), and Classifying Drinking Water Contaminants for Regulatory Consideration (2001)—which suggested, among other things, that the agency use the latest gene-mapping technology to screen for a more comprehensive list of contaminants, including waterborne pathogens, chemical agents, disinfection byproducts, radioactive substances and biological compounds. The Natural Resources Defense Council and other health and environmental groups have urged the agency to follow the Council's recommendations in order to protect the public against the numerous contaminants that have been shown to be detrimental to human health but which are not currently regulated. [National Research Council, 5/2001; Natural Resources Defense Council, n.d.; League of Conservation Voters, n.d.]
People and organizations involved: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Bush administration, National Research Council (NRC), Environmental Protection Agency

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