David
Masur

Executive Director, PennEnvironment

Started on staff: 1994
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
As executive director, David spearheads the issue advocacy, civic engagement campaigns, and long-term organizational building for PennEnvironment. He also oversees PennPIRG and other organizations within The Public Interest Network that are engaged in social change across Pennsylvania. David’s areas of expertise include fracking, global warming, environmental enforcement and litigation, and clean energy and land use policy in Pennsylvania. David has served on the environmental transition teams for Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Under David’s leadership, PennEnvironment has won the two largest citizen suit penalties in Pennsylvania history against illegal polluters under the federal Clean Water Act and the largest citizen suit penalty under the federal Clean Air Act in state history.

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Statement: Infrastructure bill will mean cleaner air, water and energy for U.S.

Statement: Infrastructure bill will mean cleaner air, water and energy for U.S.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted to build a bridge to a brighter future by passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 5th. This major bipartisan package will improve transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband access across the United States over the coming decades. The bill was supported by 10 members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, including Republican Brian Fitzpatrick and all nine Democratic members. Up next: a budget reconciliation bill that would help the U.S. stall climate change and clean up our environment. The Build Back Better Act includes clean energy tax incentives and other investments to tackle pollution. 

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Clean Air Council and PennEnvironment file motion to join lawsuit to overturn PA plastics preemption law

Clean Air Council and PennEnvironment file motion to join lawsuit to overturn PA plastics preemption law

PHILADELPHIA – PennEnvironment and Clean Air Council filed a motion to intervene on Tuesday in order to seek to overturn the state legislature’s unconstitutional preemption of local laws meant to address single-use plastic waste and litter. The two statewide environmental groups join four Pennsylvania municipalities in this highly publicized lawsuit.

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PennEnvironment, Sierra Club settle federal Clean Water Act lawsuit against PPG Industries, Inc.

PennEnvironment, Sierra Club settle federal Clean Water Act lawsuit against PPG Industries, Inc.

PITTSBURGH – After nearly a decade in federal court, PennEnvironment and Sierra Club announced Monday that they had settled their federal Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit against PPG Industries, Inc.. The suit centered on decades of illegal pollution at the company’s Ford City waste site, which abuts the Allegheny River approximately 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County.

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf for largest government solar commitment in the U.S.

Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf for largest government solar commitment in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new renewable energy initiative Monday that is, to date, the largest solar commitment by any U.S. governing entity. All told, this initiative will supply nearly 50 percent of the state government’s electricity through seven new solar arrays slated for construction in Pennsylvania’s Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and York counties. When the project is completed in early 2023, it is expected to deliver 361,000 megawatts of electricity each year and reduce climate-triggering carbon pollution by nearly 158,000 metric tons annually.

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