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Parks Group’s Report Finds 96 Percent of National Parks are Plagued by Air Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 14, 2019 – Of the 417 national parks evaluated, 96 percent of America’s national parks are plagued by significant air pollution problems. This and other alarming facts were included in Polluted Parks: How America is failing to protect our national parks, people and planet from air pollution, a report released by the […]

Posted inUS

Concerns Over Plan to Use Appropriated Funds to Repay Parks’ Fee Accounts Drained During Shutdown

February 11, 2019 – Shortly after a congressional hearing to conduct oversight of the administration’s use of national park fee revenue to keep some national park open during the shutdown, National Park Service (NPS) Deputy Director Dan Smith announced that the agency will retroactively pull from appropriated funds approved by Congress to end the shutdown to […]

Posted inUS

Acting Interior Secretary’s Directive to Keep Parks Open Without Resource Protection Violates Century-Old Bedrock Law

Jan. 10, 2019 – This action blatantly disregards the fundamental duties of park staff who have dedicated their careers to ensuring our nation’s most precious natural and historic places are enjoyed not only today, but for years to come. Background: Despite multiple reports of unruly behavior and damage to Joshua Tree, from cutting down the […]

Posted inRegional

Fighting for Clean Air: Groups Sue EPA Over San Joaquin Valley Pollution

FRESNO, Calif. Sept. 18, 2018 – National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA), Committee for a Better Arvin (CBA), and Committee for a Better Shafter (CBS) filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today over its failure to enforce deadlines covering state air quality plans in the San Joaquin […]

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Oil, Gas Leasing Threatens 7 Western National Parks

WASHINGTON June 7, 2017 – As the Trump Administration considers how to manage energy production on public lands, a new report by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) highlights seven national parks endangered by potential encroaching energy development. “Out of Balance: National Parks and the Threat of Oil and Gas Development,” details the extent of possible […]

Posted inOp-Ed

NPCA: Trump’s Interior Pick Must Protect Parks and Public Lands

WASHINGTON December 9, 2016 – Below is a statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of National Parks Conservation Association, following news reports of the pending nomination of Cathy McMorris Rodgers to serve as Secretary of the Interior in the Trump Administration: “For the last 100 years, Americans have had the privilege of visiting places […]