Environment & Energy

Our planet faces unprecedented environmental challenges, threatening ecosystems, species, coastal communities, and all too often, human life itself. Heading the list of threats is climate change, with its promise of drastic environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval. But we also face persistent problems of air and water pollution, toxic wastes, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and other Great Waters, and protecting natural resources and wildlife.

Central to the environmental health of the nation and the planet is decreasing our dependence on energy derived from burning fossil fuels. Our continued reliance on these sources is literally endangering the planet's ability to sustain life as we know it. Yet many policymakers, with the financial and rhetorical support of energy companies bent on making a profit at the cost of the planet's health, continue to resist desperately needed reforms. Read about CPR’s work protecting the environment in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

Toxic Floodwaters: The Threat of Climate-Driven Chemical Disaster in the James River Watershed

The James River watershed in Virginia is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. It faces higher than average sea-level rise, intensifying precipitation rates, and increased hurricane risks. As major storms cause serious and potentially toxic flooding in the James River watershed – and elsewhere in the United States – residents are reminded that the industries surrounding them are not doing enough to plan and adapt to our changing world.

Type: Reports (March 7, 2019)
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Author(s): David Flores, Noah Sachs
March 6, 2019, New Report Highlights Climate Change, Toxic Flooding Threats to Vulnerable Communities in Virginia

A new report highlights the role climate change and the lack of adequate planning and preparation plays in increasing the threats of toxic floodwaters, with a focus on Virginia.

Type: News Releases (March 6, 2019)
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November 16, 2017, Maryland Industrial Sites Violating Permit Laws and Polluting State Waters, New Report Finds
November 16, 2017, Maryland Industrial Sites Violating Permit Laws and Polluting State Waters, New Report Finds
Type: News Releases (Nov. 16, 2017)
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Toxic Runoff from Maryland Industry: Inadequate Stormwater Discharge Protections Threaten Marylanders' Health and the Environment

Toxic Runoff from Maryland Industry: Inadequate Stormwater Discharge Protections Threaten Marylanders’ Health and the Environment, a joint publication from CPR and the Environmental Integrity Project, by CPR's Rena Steinzor, David Flores and Evan Isaacson, and EIP's Sylvia Lam and Courtney Bernhardt, November 2017.

Type: Reports (Nov. 15, 2017)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, David Flores, Evan Isaacson
Changing Landscape for Bay Restoration

In recognition of the role that Maryland is playing as a case study for the rest of the nation on stormwater pollution abatement, CPR analyzed stormwater pollution control plans for Maryland’s 11 MS4 permit holders.

Type: Reports (Sept. 29, 2016)
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