Earthjustice

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.

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Friday, December 02, 2011
EPA Releases Revised Boiler Standards
Today, under intense pressure from industry, the Environmental Protection Agency further weakened air pollution standards for industrial boilers and incinerators—among the worst sources of toxic air pollution in the nation. Below is a statement from Earthjustice attorney, James Pew:
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
More than 156,000 Concerned Citizens Press EPA for Air Pollution Protections from Oil & Gas Drilling
More than 156,000 concerned citizens and at least 33 environmental and public health groups filed public comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the past four months, pressing for strong updated, air pollution protections from oil and gas drilling. Environmental groups submitted technical comments to the EPA highlighting the strengths of the agency’s proposed rule and explaining how it could be improved. The comment period ends today.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Sens. Manchin and Coats Offer Bailout Bill for Nation's Worst Air Polluters
Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Dan Coats (R-IN) introduced legislation today that would let power plants avoid complying with life-saving clean air standards. Power plants are the nation's worst air polluters. The current lack of clean air standards for these facilities leads to the deaths of tens of thousands of people every year and causes many more cases of respiratory disease, heart disease and other serious ailments.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Groups Call on Senate to Prevent Another Toxic Coal Ash Spill
Earthjustice and Sierra Club launched a television ad campaign in three states urging Senators to reject legislation that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating toxic coal ash. The ads are launching on the heels of a toxic coal ash spill into Lake Michigan, and are airing in Wisc., Mich. and Va. All three states have been plagued by toxic coal ash contamination onto their land and into drinking water sources. The bill, which was passed by the U.S.
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Friday, November 04, 2011
Senate Rejects Sneak-Attack Bill with Sly Favors to Big Polluters
After months of continued attacks on public health and nefarious legislative gifts to big polluters in the Republican-led House of Representatives, the Senate today proved that responsibility toward the health and well-being of the American people still exists in the Capitol.
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
Senate Rejects Sneak-Attack Bill with Sly Favors to Big Polluters
After months of continued attacks on public health and nefarious legislative gifts to big polluters in the Republican-led House of Representatives, the Senate today proved that responsibility toward the health and well-being of the American people still exists in the Capitol.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Coal Ash Spills into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin
On Monday coal ash spilled into Lake Michigan from a bluff near the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The EPA has stalled on plans to release the first-ever coal ash regulations that might have prevented this spill. In the meantime the House passed a bill preventing EPA from moving forward and the Senate is currently considering the same bill (S.1751). The following statement is from Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans:
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Monday, October 31, 2011
A True Halloween Scare: EPA Data Reveals More Dangerous Coal Ash Ponds
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest release of data concerning coal ash ponds reveals a threefold increase in the number of significant-hazard rated coal ash ponds. This nightmare scenario comes as legislation passed by the House of Representatives and introduced in the Senate proposes to completely castrate the EPA’s ability to set federally enforceable safeguards for proper coal ash disposal.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Surface Mining Agency’s New Structure Must Usher in New Era of Responsibility
Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is planning to announce that the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement will be folded into another Department of Interior subdivision, the Bureau of Land Management. The Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), created in 1977 when Congress realized the devastation of surface coal mining, exists “to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations.”
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Groups Challenge EPA Approval of Shell Oil Pollution in the Arctic Ocean
On October 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an air pollution permit for the Kulluk drill ship that Shell Offshore Inc. plans to use in offshore oil drilling efforts that could begin as early as next summer.
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