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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Thursday, August 04, 2011
100+ Groups from 23 States File Petition for Drilling and Fracking Chemical Testing, Info
A large coalition of public health, environmental, and good government groups filed a petition (PDF) today demanding that full health and safety information be made available for all of the chemicals used in oil and gas development, including the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking is when oil and gas companies blast millions of gallons of water treated with chemicals into the ground to force oil and gas from hard-to-reach places deep inside the earth.
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011
House GOP Attack on Environmental Protections Stalled For Now
The House of Representatives delayed action on an important federal spending bill for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service and other federal agencies that was full of cuts to important environmental protections and stuffed with anti-environmental legislative riders. The following statement is from Martin Hayden, vice president of policy and legislation at Earthjustice:
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Congress V. The Environment: The 2012 Appropriations Rider Tracker
The voting on environmentally destructive amendments to the House of Representatives 2012 Interior and EPA spending bill (H.R. 2584) is now underway, as one of the most extreme attacks on our environment and public health in modern history continues. Debate and floor time for this House spending bill, which determines the funding for the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service and other environment-related federal agencies, commenced on Monday.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
House Votes to Save Endangered Species Act
An effort to guard our nation’s endangered and imperiled species, and to protect our cornerstone Endangered Species Act, has passed in the House of Representatives today. The House majority today voted to block the extreme “Extinction Rider” in its spending bill, H.R.2584. This Extinction Rider provision would have created a one-way ratchet towards species extinction by blocking new species listings and other critical components of the Endangered Species Act.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Obama Administration Endangers Lives with Fourth Delay of Smog Standards
Today, the Obama administration delayed for the fourth time in a year its decision on whether to strengthen clean air standards for ozone, the main component of urban smog. The following is a statement from Earthjustice attorney, David Baron: "This deplorable delay—the fourth so far—means more deaths and suffering throughout the nation from dangerous smog pollution. Millions of Americans are being denied the health protection that doctors say they need. The President needs to stop stalling and start protecting people's lungs as the law requires."
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Coalition of Health and Environmental Groups Challenges California's Pesticide Plan
A coalition of groups, including moms, water protection advocates, teens, cities, and health and environmental organizations today challenged the State of California’s current planning process to control and eradicate pests. The state’s programs often include spraying harmful pesticides, some of which drift onto homes and people.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
House Continues Assault on Key Health & Environmental Protections
The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate today on important legislation that sets spending requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service and other federal agencies. The bill currently contains dozens of “riders” that gut key environmental protections for air, water, endangered species and iconic places. The following statement is from Marty Hayden, Vice President of Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice:
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Bill Introduced to Open Protected Alaskan Forests to Roads, Logging
The Alaska Congressional delegation today introduced legislation to exempt the Tongass and Chugach National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Roadless Rule currently protects 9.3 million acres in the Tongass and 5.6 million acres in the Chugach from logging and new roads, while providing flexibility for needed economic development in rural communities of the region.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
House Assails Clean Water Act
This week the U.S. House of Representatives began their all-out assault on the Clean Water Act through a series of legislative maneuvers on various spending bills as well as stand-alone bills. According to environmental groups, this is the most anti-clean water House in 40 years. On Tuesday the House voted 250 to 170 to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing changes to Bush policy that limited Clean Water Act protections for streams, rivers, and wetlands.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
House GOP Mounting Environmental Attack in EPA Spending Bill
The House Appropriations Committee voted late last night on a funding bill for the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service and other federal agencies that contains dozens of riders attacking clean air, clean water, endangered species protections and a host of other environmental issues. The following statement is from Martin Hayden, Vice President of Policy and Legislation at Earthjustice:
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