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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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Oct 20, 2005 Group Sues Navy to Limit Sonar It Says Harms Marine Life

QUOTE: "Military sonar needlessly threatens whole populations of whales and other marine animals...In violation of our environmental laws, the Navy refuses to take basic precautions..."

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2005 When Just Putting It Out on the Curb Isn't Enough

QUOTE: "The E.P.A." ... "has also said that as much as 70 percent of heavy metals contained in landfills comes from electronics, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. But there are no federal regulations regarding getting rid of any electronics and only a handful of state programs."

New York Times
Jul 19, 2005 Corn Dog: The ethanol subsidy is worse than you can imagine

QUOTE: But the ethanol boosters are ignoring some unpleasant facts: Ethanol won't significantly reduce our oil imports... most important (and most astonishing), it may take more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than it actually contains.

Mar 22, 2005 New EPA Mercury Rule Omits Conflicting Data: Study Called Stricter Limits Cost-Effective

ABSTRACT: Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency claimed that mercury emissions laws have already cost the power industry more money than they have saved in terms of public health. However, Harvard researchers reached the opposite conclusion and estimated that the health benefits from mercury limits were 100 times greater than the EPA reported.

Washington Post
Feb 04, 2005 EPA Inspector Finds Mercury Plan Tainted: Agency Staff Was Told to Set Limits Backing Bush's 'Clear Skies' Initiative, Report Says

QUOTE: Staff at the EPA were instructed by administrators to set modest limits on mercury pollution, and then had to work backward from the predetermined goal to justify the proposal, according to a report by Inspector General Nikki Tinsley.

Washington Post
Jan 11, 2005 Dangers of Rocket Fuel Chemical Downplayed

QUOTE: A chemical from rocket fuel that has seeped into drinking-water supplies nationwide is safe at higher doses ...Perchlorate has been found in at least 35 states, and more than 11 million people have significant levels in their drinking water.

Washington Post
Oct 05, 2004 Lead Levels in Water Misrepresented Across U.S.: Utilities Manipulate or Withhold Test Results to Ward Off Regulators

QUOTE: Cities across the country are manipulating the results of tests used to detect lead in water...Some cities, including Philadelphia and Boston, have thrown out tests that show high readings or have avoided testing homes most likely to have lead...

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2004 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

QUOTE: The Data Quality just two sentences directing the OMB to ensure that all information disseminated by the federal government is reliable...interpretation of those two sentences could tip the balance in regulatory disputes that weigh the interests of consumers and businesses.

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2004 Critics Say Developers' Report Skirts Key Issues: Testing of possible toxic waste sites is ignored, environmentalists say. Rancho Mission Viejo officials point out that the study is preliminary.

QUOTE: Officials...said the report is only a general roadmap of development effects...But critics...contend that it should include at least some mention of soil and groundwater testing at two former weapons testing sites...

Los Angeles Times
Jun 01, 2004 Atomic Waste Disposal Rules Set for Debate by Congress

QUOTE: A dispute over whether millions of gallons of radioactive waste can be safely left in aging steel tanks has become an issue in the military authorization bill for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1.

New York Times
Feb 03, 2004 Stacking the Deck against Science

QUOTE: ...scientists say the White House version of peer review would allow the government to stack review committees in favor of the government and industry.

Jan 29, 2003 U.S. to Seek Waiver on Weed Killer Harmful to Ozone Layer

QUOTE: If all or most of the exemptions were granted, American use of the pesticide could rise sharply in 2005, exceeding levels now allowed under the [Montreal Protocol] treaty and federal law.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2003 EPA to Allow Polluters to Buy Clean Water Credits:

QUOTE: ...allow industrial polluters to purchase "credits" from lesser polluters to bring them into compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2002 U.S. Eases Pollution Rules to Spur Work on Power Plants

QUOTE: ...the Bush administration wanted to revise some sections of the Clean Air Act in ways that would answer utilities' complaints that the rules tied them up in paperwork and deterred investment in new power plants...

New York Times
Aug 08, 2002 EPA Seeks Leeway in Rules About Dirty Water

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that it will seek changes in a key Clean Water Act anti-pollution program...

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2002 Navy Cleared to Use a Sonar Despite Fears of Injuring Whales

QUOTE: The Navy won approval yesterday to deploy two ships that use controversial low-frequency sonar...despite continuing questions about whether the system's loud blasts will injure whales and other ocean mammals.

Washington Post
Jun 14, 2002 EPA Proposes To Ease Rules On Clean Air

QUOTE: ...a major relaxation of clean air enforcement rules governing older coal-fired power plants and refineries that would effectively preclude future government legal action in all but the most flagrant cases of pollution.

Climate Ark
Mar 01, 2002 Top G.O.P. Donors in Energy Industry Met Cheney Panel

QUOTE: Eighteen of the energy industry's top 25 financial contributors to the Republican Party advised Vice President Dick Cheney's national energy task force last year...

New York Times
Aug 09, 2001 Beach Closings and Advisories Reach Record

QUOTE: A record number of pollution-related beach closings and swimming advisories were reported nationally last year...

New York Times
Mar 01, 2000 Ten Things Your Gourmet Grocer Won't Tell You

Smart Money

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