The working materials in the NRDC Document Bank are listed in reverse chronological order. For additional policy materials including reports and issue papers, see the Issues section of the main NRDC site.
Protect our waters from oil spills – Oppose H.R. 311
On March 11, 2014, NRDC sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing H.R. 311. This bill would decrease the oversight of oil storage and safeguards against spills at locations around the country for one class of facilities without showing that they are safer than other facilities with the same volume of oil.
24 Groups Urge Opposition to RAPID Act
On March 4, 2014 NRDC and 23 other groups submitted a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 2641, the “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013 (RAPID Act).” Instead of improving the permitting process, the RAPID Act will severely undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by, among other provisions, limiting public participation of property owners whose land could be taken by the project through eminent domain.
Oppose unwise repeal of key Biggert-Waters Flood Control law
On February 25, 2014, NRDC sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 3370, which guts badly needed flood insurance reform adopted only a year and a half ago under the Biggert-Waters Reform Act.
NRDC opposes ill-conceived regulatory bills in HR 2804 and HR 899
On February 24, 2014, NRDC submitted a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose the latest package of ill-conceived regulatory bills: H.R. 2804, the ALERRT Act, and H.R. 899, UMITA. These and the other bills being pushed this week only add further blockades to agencies that are already facing threadbare budgets and benefit bad actors at the expense of the people.
NRDC Letter Opposing House “SCRUB” Act
In a letter to the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, NRDC Government Affairs Director David Goldston offers his views on a draft bill, the “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2014.” The bill is radical and outrageous—really almost a parody of anti-regulatory efforts.
Letter to House and Senate appropriations members calling for no policy riders, December 18, 2013
Letter submitted to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Members on December 18th, 2013 from seventeen organizations urging the Appropriations Committee to keep the appropriations bills clean of harmful policy riders, which often cost citizens through the environmental and health harms they cause.
EPA Virtually Shut Down Poll, October 2013
Key findings from polls of Americans’ views about work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, largely suspended by the government shutdown nationally; among Latinos; in five states (North Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Iowa, Michigan), and five House congressional districts represented by Republicans (Michigan’s 1st, Pennsylvania’s 11th, New Jersey’s 7th and 12th, and Ohio’s 8th.)
- leg_13101601a.pdf Results of polls conducted in Iowa
- leg_13101601b.pdf Results of polls conducted in Maine
- leg_13101601c.pdf Results of polls conducted in Michigan 1st Congressional District
- leg_13101601d.pdf Results of polls conducted in Michigan
- leg_13101601e.pdf Results of polls conducted in New Jersey 2nd Congressional District
- leg_13101601f.pdf Results of polls conducted in New Jersey 7th Congressional District
- leg_13101601g.pdf Results of polls conducted in North Carolina
- leg_13101601h.pdf Results of polls conducted in Ohio 8th Congressional District
- leg_13101601i.pdf Results of polls conducted in Pennsylvania 11th Congressional District
- leg_13101601j.pdf Results of polls conducted in Virginia
- leg_13101601k.pdf National Survey Results
- leg_13101601l.pdf Results of polls conducted among the Latino community
LCFS Ninth Circuit of Appeals Decision (Case No. 12-15131)
The ruling handed down by the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, et al v. Corey, et al (LCFS), Case No. 12-15131.
Letter submitted to the House of Representatives on July 9, 2013 urgining opposition to the FY2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
Letter submitted to the House of Representatives on July 9, 2013 from fifteen environmental groups urging opposition to the FY2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act over the bill’s severe cuts to clean energy funding and policy riders harming clean water.
NRDC fact sheet rebutting Senator Vitter's transparency claims
NRDC fact sheet that examines Senator Vitter's five allegations of transparency abuses at EPA and reveals the partisan nature behind these attacks.
Letter submitted to the Senate supporting FY2014 Murray Budget, March 19, 2013
Letter submitted to the Senate on March 19, 2013 from nineteen environmental groups urging support to the FY2014 Murray Budget which continues the nation’s commitment to preserving our natural landscapes, wildlife, and waterways and strengthens the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to clean up our air, make our water safe, and protect our families from toxic chemicals.
Letter submitted to the House of Representatives opposing FY2014 Ryan Budget, March 19, 2013
Letter submitted to the House of Representatives on March 19, 2013 from eighteen environmental groups urging opposition to the FY2014 Ryan Budget over the bill’s disregard for the health of our nation’s environment and communities.
Losing Our Heritage: Budget Cut Impacts and Our Environment
Losing Our Heritage: Budget Cut Impacts and Our Environment, prepared by a coalition of national environmental and conservation organizations, illustrates how indiscriminant spending cuts will adversely affect our nation’s ability to respond to environmental challenges of a changing climate, develop our clean energy resources, and sustain our nation’s lands, waters, wildlife and other natural resources. It also details a number of revenue raisers and cost savings measures that should be considered as part of any balanced approach to deficit reduction.
2013 State of the Union Latino Survey Results
NRDC commissioned Public Policy Polling (PPP) to survey Latinos and guage their reactions to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address and his commitment to tackling climate change.
Letter submitted to Congress regarding fiscal cliff, January 16, 2013
Letter submitted to Congress on January 16, 2013 from sixteen environmental groups urging responsible resolution of budget matters related to the "fiscal cliff".
Responsibly Address Our Fiscal Challenges While Investing In Our Future
Addressing the "fiscal cliff" will take a balanced approach that includes new revenue, revitalizes the economy, and improves our environment. Congress has a remarkable opportunity to define a new course for our economy which recognizes that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand in hand.
HR6564 SAB Bill letter from enviro groups
A letter signed by 13 major environmental groups opposing H.R. 6564 House SAB bill.
Prevent the Sequester to Protect Our Air, Water, Wildlife and Public Lands: Funding Cuts Will Threaten Jobs, Recreation, and Public Health
An analysis of budget sequestration impacts to the environment and natural resources authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, The Wilderness Society, American Forests, National Parks Conservation Foundation, Marine Conservation Institute, and Defenders of Wildlife.
China Shipping Appellate Opinion
Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California Opinion in NRDC v City of Los Angeles re China Shipping terminal ordering the Port to stop all construction and operation of the project until it complied with CEQA.
Letter Opposing H.R. 3864, February 2, 2012
On February 3, 2012 the House Ways and Means Committee marks up a bill that would raid the the public transit fund to pay for more environmentally damaging highways. Hundreds of groups from across the ideological spectrum oppose this radical move, including NRDC.
Anti-Rider Ad in Politico 2011
Environmental groups, led by NRDC, call for the House Republican leadership to drop anti-environmental riders so Congress can complete its work. Featured in Politico, December 2011.
Oppose Anti-Environmental Riders to the Spending and Tax Bill
A letter to House and Senate Leadership from over 30 groups opposing any and all efforts to add-environmental riders to the spending and tax bills that Congress is trying to get done before the end of 2011.
Oppose the REINS Act: H.R. 10/S.299
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (“REINS”) Act (H.R. 10/S. 299), introduced by Rep. Davis (R-KY) and Sen. Paul (R-KY), would undo more than 100 years of safeguards by allowing just one chamber of Congress to block enforcement of existing statutory protections—from worker safety, to public health, to Wall Street reform.
The Save Act -- Correcting a Blind Spot in Federal Mortgage Policy
The Save Act, introduced by Senators Michael Bennet and Johnny Isakson, corrects a significant flaw in the way federal mortgage agencies (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) determine whether a loan applicant can afford a mortgage loan. The flaw is that lenders are instructed to ignore the homeowner’s energy expenses.
CRS Report: EPA’s Boiler MACT: Controlling Emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants
The cement industry, incinerator operators and companies that use boilers for heat and power, have criticized the EPA rules as job-killers, this January 2011 study by the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) found "little credence" to such transparently self-serving warnings.
TRAIN Act Fact Sheet
This fact sheet describes the most harmful provisions of the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401). It also summarizes the devastating human health impacts this Act would incur.
How the TRAIN Act Has Changed Since Its Introduction
This fact sheet explains how the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401) has become a much more deadly bill after being amended in Full Committee. While TRAIN, as originally introduced, merely required a committee to study EPA rules, the version the House is scheduled to vote on could permanently block two clean air safeguards—the Mercury and Air Toxics standards, which limit mercury and other toxic air pollution, and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which curbs smog and soot pollution from power plants that crosses state lines.
New State-Based Polling Reveals Support Strong Lighting and Appliance Efficiency Standards.
New State-Based Polling Reveals Support Strong Lighting and Appliance Efficiency Standards. According to new Public Policy Polling survey results, voters in Illinois, Maine, Michigan and Ohio solidly support energy efficiency technologies and would like the government to play a leading role in setting higher standards for appliances, light bulbs, and other household products.
- ene_11091501a.pdf Illinois Survey Results
- ene_11091501b.pdf Maine Survey Results
- ene_11091501c.pdf Michigan Survey Results
- ene_11091501d.pdf Ohio Survey Results
Green Group CEO Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging for a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
As congressional leaders prepare to create the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Natural Resource Defense Council President Frances Beinecke and leaders of 11 other environmental groups identified several areas where the committee could make cuts without endangering Americans’ health and environment.
Oppose the Extinction Rider
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY12 contains a rider (p. 8) that would prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from listing any new species or designating critical habitat for any currently listed species under the Endangered Species Act. The rider does allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to delist and downlist species, thus creating a one-way ratchet in which wildlife protection can only be weakened.
Oppose Provisions that Harm Bighorn Sheep
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY12 contains two riders (sections 120 & 442) that would allow domestic sheep in the west to graze without restrictions in order to appease a handful of ranchers in Idaho. This would make domestic sheep more likely to come into contact with and spread deadly diseases to bighorn sheep.
Protect Endangered Species from Harmful Pesticides
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY12 contains a rider (section 447) offered by Rep. Calvert (R-CA) that would prevent EPA from implementing measures to mitigate the effects of harmful pesticides on endangered and threatened species, as required under the Endangered Species Act.
Oppose a Provision That Would Remove Courts from the Endangered Species Act Process
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY12 contains a rider (section 119) that would shield potentially flawed wolf delisting decisions in Wyoming and the Great Lakes from judicial review.
Green Group CEOs letter to President Obama emphasizing the need to include revenues in a debt limit agreement
Letter from Green Group CEOs to President Obama as debt ceiling negotiations continue, emphasizing the need to include revenues in any debt limit agreement. The letter points out that dealing with the deficit without raising significant additional revenues is quite simply a decision to dismember vital programs on which the public depends, including those that protect health and the environment, provide for conservation and recreation, and maintain critical infrastructure.
NRDC v. EPA- Declaration of Dr. Reva Rubenstein on behalf of the EPA: 6-16-06
This is the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Docket No. 04-1438. ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS FOR METHY BROMIDE ALLOCATION IN THE UNITED STATES; HUMAN HEALTH BENEFITS OF STRATOSPHERIC OZONE PROTECTION and SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT OF OZONE DEPLETION: 2002.
Comments on Sulfuryl Fluoride: Proposed Order Granting Objections to Tolerances and Denying Request for Stay, 76 Fed. Reg. 3422 (Jan. 19, 2011), Dkt. No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0174
This is a letter from David Doniger to the Office of Pesticide Programs- Regulatory Public Docket with comments on the sulfuryl fluoride tolerances supporting the denial of the stay.
Congressional Attempts to Limit Judicial Review
This fact sheet describes potential harmful amendments to future bills that would limit judicial review and stack the deck in favor of the industry and government and against the plaintiff.
February 2011 Letter Opposing the REINS Act
This letter to the House of Representatives was sent by public health, environmental, labor, civil rights, consumer, women’s, community and other organizations. It urges members to vote against H.R.10, the REINS Act, introduced by Rep. Geoff David (R-KY).
Press releases on polling released 2-23-11
Press releases for polling of 19 Congressional Districts about Clean Air and the EPA
- leg_11022301a.pdf Bachmann
- leg_11022301b.pdf Boehner
- leg_11022301c.pdf Cravaack
- leg_11022301d.pdf IL-8 Walsh
- leg_11022301e.pdf IL-10 Dold
- leg_11022301f.pdf IL-17 Schilling
- leg_11022301g.pdf MI-1 Benishek
- leg_11022301h.pdf MI-8 Rogers
- leg_11022301i.pdf OH-16 Renacci
- leg_11022301j.pdf PA-4 Altmire
- leg_11022301k.pdf PA-6 Gerlach
- leg_11022301l.pdf PA-7 Meehan
- leg_11022301m.pdf PA-11 Barletta
- leg_11022301n.pdf Rehberg
- leg_11022301o.pdf Tiberi
- leg_11022301p.pdf VA-2 Rigell
- leg_11022301q.pdf VA-5 Hurt
- leg_11022301r.pdf WI-7 Duffy
- leg_11022301s.pdf WI-8 Ribble
Washington State Building Energy Code Decision
This is a federal district court decision in which the court upheld the legality of the Washington State building energy code from a preemption challenge.
Notice of Appeal for FirstEnergy BayShore Plant, 12/17/2010
Five groups are appealing pollution permits for a coal plant in Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay that currently kills 60 billion fish on the grounds that the State of Ohio is not requiring the best available technology to eliminate the problem as required by law.
Community Sign on Letter for Clean Energy Tax Incentives
17 environmental groups signed-on to a letter urging congress and the president to extend clean energy tax incentives, increase the total amount of tax credits available, and end the corn ethanol tax credit.
Letter to Congressional leadership from broad coalition opposing corn ethanol subsidies
A broad coalition of organizations, including Freedomworks, MoveOn, environmental advocates, budget hawks, religious organizations, hunger and development groups, food producers, agricultural industry representatives and dozens of others from all parts of the political spectrum sent a letter to Congressional leadership on Nov. 29 2010 stating their opposition to an extension of the $6 billion a year Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for gasoline refiners who blend corn ethanol into gasoline. Given growing concerns about budget deficits, the letter highlighted the wastefulness and redundancy of continuing to subsidize gasoline refiners for something they are already required to do under the Renewable Fuels Standard, cited consensus among experts that eliminating the tax credit would have little impact on domestic ethanol production, prices or jobs, and called on Congress to let the VEETC expire at year-end.
Industry Challenges to EPA Actions to Curb Carbon Pollution
A rogues gallery of industries, right-wing advocacy groups, and climate-denying officials is challenging EPA's initial steps to curb carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act and the Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. More than 100 separate cases have been filed against EPA's endangerment finding, the landmark vehicle emission standards, and requirements for the largest new or expanded power plants and industrial facilities to use the best available and affordable carbon pollution controls. A variety of parties are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to stay all of these EPA actions. Included are some of the key briefs and supporting documents.
- leg_10110401a.pdf Texas Stay Motion : Tailoring Rule
- leg_10110401b.pdf Texas Stay Motion : Timing Rule and Tailpipe Rule
- leg_10110401c.pdf Coalition for Responsible Regulation Stay Motion
- leg_10110401d.pdf National Association of Manufacturers Stay Motion
- leg_10110401e.pdf Environmental Protection Agency Response
- leg_10110401f.pdf State and Environmental Intervenor Response
- leg_10110401g.pdf Automobile Industry Intervenor Response
- leg_10110401h.pdf Declaration of Richard Bezdek
- leg_10110401i.pdf Declaration of Margo Thorning
- leg_10110401j.pdf Declaration of Dallas Burtraw
- leg_10110401k.pdf Declaration of Nathaniel Keohane
Leading Economists Give Industry Reports on EPA Standards Embarrassing Grades
Recent reports from industry sources purporting to evaluate the economic impacts of policies to keep America’s air clean received unsatisfactory grades from leading economists from Dartmouth, the University of Wyoming and the University of California at Berkeley. Grading the industry studies as though students had submitted them, economists gave reports from the Manufacturers’ Alliance, IHS Global Insight and Fisher International an F, D and an Incomplete, respectively.
Letter from NRDC, et al. to Lisa Jackson re Hudson PCBs (10/8/10)
Request from NRDC and other environmental organizations to reject delays that GE seeks in regard to Hudson River PCBs cleanup.
NYS DEC ruling on GE PCBs (1976)
Original legal ruling holding GE liable for PCB pollution in Hudson River.
Letter from Pete Grannis, NYSDEC, to Lisa Jackson re Hudson PCBs (9/15/10)
Request from NY State to EPA to reject delays that GE seeks in regard to Hudson River PCBs cleanup.
SAVING MONEY AT THE GAS PUMP: State-by-State Consumer Savings from Stronger Fuel Efficiency and Carbon Pollution Standards
Included in this factsheet are the cost savings to consumers resulting from raising car and light truck fuel efficiency standards to 60 mpg and tightening carbon pollution standards to 143 grams/mi by model year 2025. The net savings calculations account for the cost of cleaner vehicle technologies and fuel savings at the pump. The factsheet provides the volume of fuel saved per state and the money saved per state and per household would occur in 2030. The factsheet was written by UCS and NRDC.
Letter from NRDC President Frances Beinecke to President Obama regarding scope of independent investigation of Gulf oil disaster.
The letter to the President recommends that the independent commission being established by the President be given a broad mandate to investigate the causes of the Gulf oil disaster spill, the adequacy of the response, the regulatory changes needed to protect the environment and prevent such a disaster in the future and the implications of its findings for determining the location and extent of future offshore drilling.
NRDC Comments on the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2010-2015, (January, 2009)
This letter from September 21, 2009, to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of Interior (the Department, Interior, or DOI), comments on the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 2010-2015.
Letter from NRDC President Frances Beinecke to President Obama Requesting His Action Following the Explosion of the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico
The requested actions are: issuing a moratorium on all new oil drilling activities offshore; ensuring the ground rules for future drilling reflect the lessons of the Deepwater Horizon; and initiating an independent investigation to understand the demise of the Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill, and its ramifications. The letter also calls on the President to continue to strongly support an energy and climate bill for a clean energy future.
Letter to President Obama in support of clean energy and climate legislation
Letter from more than 50 national organizations to President Obama, sent on April 29, 2010, urging him to continue to demonstrate his leadership for the enactment of clean energy and climate legislation this year.
Senators' 3/19/10 Letter on Clean Energy and Climate Bill.
The following Senators signed this letter about the Clean Energy and Climate Bill: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Roland Burris of Illinois, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia, Tom Carper of Delaware, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Ted Kaufman of Delaware, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Patty Murray of Washington, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico, and Ron Wyden of Oregon.
An Energy Bill Without a Carbon Cap Could Do More Harm than Good
NRDC analysis that shows that a comprehensive energy and climate bill is the most effective way to curb global warming and move us toward a clean energy future. An energy-only bill that deals only with energy could make global warming worse, cost taxpayers more and fall short on providing jobs.
Community Sign on Letter Expressing Support for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
This letter urges Congress to include important environmental provisions in the bill that will stimulate a green economy and create thousands of new jobs. The bill includes funding for energy efficiency measures, public transportation projects, and water infrastructure investment, among other things.
A Petition to List the Whitebark Pine as an Endangered Species
NRDC is petitioning to have the whitebark pine tree added to the federal Endangered Species list. The tree is native to much of western North America's mountain habitat and has seen significant decreases in number due to an array of new threats brought on by global warming.
Transition to Green: Leading the Way to a Healthy Environment, a Green Economy and a Sustainable Future
Environmental transition recommendations for the Obama administration, prepared by 29 environmental organizations including NRDC in November 2008.
US Technology Choices, Costs and Opportunities under the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act: Assessing Compliance Pathways
This analysis, conducted by the International Resources Group for NRDC, demonstrates that meeting global warming pollution reduction targets in the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act will reduce oil imports, increase clean energy production and lead to dramatically more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Groups Urge Scientists Whistleblower Protections
Multiple group sign on letter urging members of Congress to include federal scientists among those protected by an impending whistleblower bill, H.R. 985. Providing such protection would allow scientist to protect the health and well-being of all Americans without fear of retribution or interference in expressing their views and findings.
Boucher Draft Energy Bill Not a Recipe for Clean Energy
The draft energy bill fuels title circulated by the Energy and Commerce Committee is a direct assault on the Clean Air Act and on states' rights to address global warming pollution.
Green Budget, Fiscal Year 2008
The 110th Congress has the opportunity to turn the tide and provide a real investment in the environment to help create a stable and sustainable future.
New Members Guide, 110th Congress
Profiles of new members of Congress elected in 2006.
Letter Opposing H.R. 4761, the "Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act"
H.R. 4761 would rescind the 25-year bi-partisan moratorium against offshore drilling that protects beaches and sensitive coastal areas.
Letter Opposing HR 5429, the Arctic Refuge Drilling Bill
Letter to representatives urging them to vote against HR 5429, the misnamed American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act, sponsored by Representative Richard Pombo.
House Shouldn't Open America's Coastal Waters to Natural Gas Drilling
Letter to representatives seeking support for an amendment to the Interior and Environmental Appropriations Bill restoring a bi-partisan moratorium on offshore drilling that was removed during mark-up.
Protecting Communities and the Environment: What California Needs In An Infrastructure Bond
A 10-point statement of principles outlining environmental and health issues that must be addressed in California's infrastructure bond package, signed by more than 50 groups including NRDC.