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Series IV. Pennsylvanians United to Rescue the Environment (PURE) 1982-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

PURE is a statewide coalition of approximately twenty grassroots citizen groups throughout Pennsylvania. PURE and its members are concerned with existing and proposed pollution from landfills or treatment of toxic wastes and clean drinking water. The group was formed in response to the lack of action and meaningful response to problems by state environmental groups, private industry, and health officials. In addition to testifying at public hearings and commenting on proposed regulations and legislation, PURE and its members conduct seminars and public meetings, serve on state committees, attend national conferences, run a speakers bureau for organizations in Pennsylvania, and produced a series of educational films.

Pelkofer served as secretary in PURE during its founding in 1982. The length of her duration in this position is unclear. The materials included in this series are meeting minutes, newsletters, agendas, correspondence, and committee publications. Newspaper articles featuring stories about PURE are included as well, as are bylaws created when the group was founded. The group was associated with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF); and similar records related to the EDF are in this series as well.

Box 15 PURE