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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Self Description

January 2008: "NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 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. (See our mission statement here.)

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."

February 2002: "NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than 500,000 members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. In addition to our New York headquarters, we have three regional offices. See our contact page for office addresses."

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2011: "According to a lawsuit filed last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the F.D.A. first proposed regulating over-the-counter topical antiseptic drug products like triclosan in 1972, but the review has never been completed. In 1978, the F.D.A. proposed eliminating triclosan as an active ingredient in hospital scrubs and in hand soaps within a couple of years."

December 2010: 'The Natural Resources Defense Council, one of several parties that had threatened to sue if the E.P.A. did not set a timetable, welcomed Thursday’s announcement. “E.P.A. is doing precisely what is needed to protect our health and welfare and provide businesses certainty at a time when some would prefer to roll back the clock,” said David Doniger, the policy director for the group’s climate center.'

May 2010: 'Environmental groups welcomed the establishment of the commission. “The entire framework of government oversight needs to be reviewed and strengthened,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The commission, she added, needs to develop guidelines for “whether, when, where and under what circumstances new offshore drilling operations should be allowed.”'

September 2009: "Noah Horowitz, at the Natural Resources Defense Council, calculated that the nation’s gaming consoles, like the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and the Sony PlayStation 3, now use about the same amount of electricity each year as San Diego, the ninth-largest city in country."

May 2009: 'Environmental groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environment America and the Natural Resources Defense Council say they are frustrated by the increasing elasticity of the word “renewable” in legislators’ hands.'

May 2009: "One tricky problem: The financial benefits of these retrofits flow mainly to tenants in the form of lower electric, water, and gas bills, not to the building owners who are expected to cover the costs. This leaves the owners facing a regulatory stick but no carrot. Without a better reward on the table, the landlords will drag their feet, predicts Jennifer Henry, real estate sector manager at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit green advocacy group."

July 2008: 'The comments by the E.P.A. administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, reinforced a message that the administration had been sending for months: that it does not intend to impose mandatory controls on the emissions that cause climate change. John Walke, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental group, said, “As a result of today, July 11, the Bush administration has failed to achieve a single ounce in reductions of smog, soot, mercury or global warming pollution from power plants.”'

June 2008: "The case arises from a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeking to protect whales and other marine mammals from the potentially harmful effects of Navy sonar used during training missions off the California coast."

June 2008: "Southern California’s coastal waters are home to dozens of species of whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions, including nine species that are federally listed as endangered or threatened. Marine biologists have said the sonar in question generates extreme pressure that can disorient and injure the creatures, disrupting their feeding and mating schedules and causing injuries. The Navy has insisted that it takes adequate protective measures, but the Natural Resources Defense Council disagreed, and sued to stop the tests."

December 2007: "David Doniger, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that since 1984, the agency [EPA--Ed.] has not distinguished between local, national and international air pollution."

September 2007: In recent years, the use of water in the delta has been crippled as a result of drought as well as age, with deteriorating levees that are vulnerable to flood, earthquake, and subsidence. It was environmental groups who most recently challenged water use. The ruling by US District Court Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno Aug. 31 came after a suit against state and federal water officials by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and three other environmental groups.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Frances G. Beinecke Person May 23, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Thomas B. Cochran Ph.D. Person Sep 5, 2011
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Michael Jasny Person
Supported by (past or present) Heather MacDonald Esq. Person May 7, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Daniel Rosenberg Person Aug 28, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John Walke Person

Articles and Resources

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Aug 19, 2011 Antibacterial Chemical Raises Safety Issues

QUOTE: a battle over the active ingredient in Dial Complete and many other antibacterial soaps, a chemical known as triclosan...Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance...F.D.A. has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.

New York Times
Dec 23, 2010 E.P.A. Says It Will Press on With Greenhouse Gas Regulation

QUOTE: ...Ms. McCarthy emphasized that the E.P.A. was not imposing a “cap-and-trade” system, a system that sets a ceiling on greenhouse gas pollution while allowing companies to trade permits, at a price that the market determines. Approved last year in a House bill, cap-and-trade legislation died in the Senate this year. Later, opponents called it “cap and tax,” and it became a rallying cry for some midterm election candidates who were opposed to the expansion of government authority over industry and the economy.

New York Times
May 22, 2010 Obama Gives a Bipartisan Commission Six Months to Revise Drilling Rules

QUOTE: Mr. Obama tapped two prominent former officials to lead the commission — Bob Graham, the former senator from Florida, and William K. Reilly, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency — and gave them six months to come up with a plan to revamp federal regulation of offshore oil drilling.

New York Times
Oct 18, 2009 Energy Star Appliances May Not All Be Efficient, Audit Finds

QUOTE: The Energy Department has concluded in an internal audit that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency. Some manufacturers could therefore be putting the stickers on unqualified products...

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity (By Degrees)

QUOTE: efforts to cover consumer electronics [in electrical efficiency rules] like televisions and game consoles have been repeatedly derailed by manufacturers worried about the higher cost of meeting the standards.

New York Times
Sep 08, 2009 Airlines & Recycling: The Not-So-Green Skies: New calls for the U.S. airline industry to take recycling seriously

QUOTE: Unlike other aspects of the travel business, the airline industry has moved at a snail’s pace to get onboard the green revolution. ...the airline industry has little economic incentive and even less government pressure to go green.

Scientific American
Aug 25, 2009 Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger (Green)

QUOTE: Drinking water containing a common herbicide could pose a greater public health risk than previously thought because regular municipal monitoring doesn't detect frequent spikes in the chemical's levels...

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2009 'The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World:' Old Coal-Fired Facilities Could Escape New Rules (Green)

QUOTE: Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford (power plants in Chicago) -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.

Washington Post
May 24, 2009 With Billions at Stake, Trying to Expand the Meaning of ‘Renewable Energy’

QUOTE: If a source of electricity already widely used by some utilities — hydropower or nuclear power, for example — is deemed renewable, it allows utilities to meet the new renewable-energy requirements while doing little to add wind or solar power to the electrical grid. But environmentalists argue that one of the goals of renewable energy is to cut back on the heat-trapping gases emitted from burning most things, whether fossil fuels or bananas. When there is no fire, there are no emissions.

New York Times
May 10, 2009 Green Buildings: The Hitch in the Upgrade Plans

QUOTE: To soften the burden on landlords, they'd only be forced to bankroll changes that would pay for themselves over five years through reductions in energy use....The financial benefits of these retrofits flow mainly to tenants in the form of lower electric, water, and gas bills, not to the building owners who are expected to cover the costs.

Jul 12, 2008 Decisions Shut Door on Bush Clean-Air Steps

QUOTE: In the morning, a federal appeals court struck down the cornerstone of the administration’s strategy to control industrial air pollution by agreeing with arguments by the utility industry that the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority when it established the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005. The court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, said the rule, which set new requirements for major pollutants, had “fatal flaws.”

New York Times
Jun 24, 2008 Case of sonar's effects on whales heads to high court: At issue: Can a judge enforce environmental rules at the expense of national defense training?

QUOTE: The US Supreme Court announced on Monday it would examine whether a federal judge acted properly in ordering the US Navy to alter its sonar training procedures to protect whales and dolphins off the California coast.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 23, 2008 Justices Refuse Checks on Border Fence

QUOTE: The Supreme Court sided with the White House on Monday in two cases involving national security and worries about the environment, strengthening the Bush administration’s drive, at least for now, for sweeping executive powers in the post-9/11 world....“This decision leaves one man — the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security — with the extraordinary power to ignore any and all of the laws designed to protect the American people, our lands, and our natural resources,” Oliver Bernstein, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement.

New York Times
May 31, 2008 Administration Moves to Avert a Late Rules Rush

QUOTE: While the White House called the deadlines “simply good government,” some legal specialists said the policy would ensure that rules the administration wanted to be part of Mr. Bush’s legacy would be less subject to being overturned by his successor. Moreover, they said, the deadlines could allow the administration to avoid thorny proposals that are likely to come up in the next few months, including environmental and safety rules that have been in the regulatory pipeline for years.

New York Times
Dec 20, 2007 E.P.A. Says 17 States Can’t Set Emission Rules for Cars

QUOTE: The decision immediately provoked a heated debate over its scientific basis and whether political pressure was applied by the automobile industry to help it escape the proposed California regulations. Officials from the states and numerous environmental groups vowed to sue to overturn the edict.

New York Times
Sep 12, 2007 Water crisis squeezes California's economy: A recent federal ruling to reduce the amount of water that flows through the delta is likely to boost food prices and trim jobs in agriculture.

QUOTE: After 35 years of hemming and hawing over how to fix the largest estuary in the Western Hemisphere – the sprawl of canals, levees, and flood plains that join the Golden State's two river systems – the state has been told by a federal judge that business-as-usual is now illegal.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 31, 2006 Dual-Fuel Vehicles Open Mileage Loophole for Carmakers

QUOTE: As car companies promote E-85 as an alternative to gasoline, they are benefiting at the same time from a loophole that allows them to receive credits toward environmental standards when they sell flexible-fuel vehicles that run on the ethanol-based fuel.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2006 Officials Reach California Deal to Cut Emissions

QUOTE: California’s political leaders announced an agreement on Wednesday that imposes the most sweeping controls on carbon dioxide emissions in the nation, putting the state at the forefront of a broad campaign to curb the man-made causes of climate change despite resistance in Washington...the deal in California is strongly opposed by Republicans in the Legislature and many business leaders across the state.

New York Times
Aug 21, 2006 Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout: Documents Altered To Conceal Data

QUOTE: "It would be difficult to find more dramatic examples of unjustifiable secrecy than these decisions to classify the numbers of U.S. strategic weapons," wrote William Burr..."The Pentagon is now trying to keep secret numbers of strategic weapons that have never been classified before."

Washington Post
Aug 09, 2006 Beaches of Shame: Why can’t we keep our oceans clean?

QUOTE: The Natural Resources Defense Council announced last week that it would sue the Environmental Protection Agency for neglecting a congressional mandate called the BEACH Act, and improve monitoring of the nation’s coastal waters.

LA Weekly

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