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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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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Thursday, July 07, 2011
House Subcommittee Spending Bill Guts Major Environmental Protections
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations released the first draft of a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service and other federal agencies that guts key environmental protections and plays politics with our health. The following statement is from Joan Mulhern, senior legislative counsel at Earthjustice:
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Groups Press FDA to Give Consumers Important Health Information About Mercury in Seafood
Consumer protection advocates and members of the medical community pressed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to provide consumers with clearer, more accurate, and more accessible guidance on the mercury content of the seafood they consume.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Final Owl Recovery Plan Released
Complying with a court order, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today filed the long-awaiting 2011 Final Recovery Plan for northern spotted owls in federal district court in Washington, D.C. The 2011 Recovery Plan came as a result of Earthjustice litigation that successfully challenged the prior 2008 scientifically and politically discredited recovery plan for the threatened birds.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
EPA Delays Boiler Regulations by One Year, Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will issue final standards to control toxic air pollution from industrial boilers by April 2012, more than a year after a federal court ordered the agency to finish the process. The delay places thousands of lives at risk and will saddle the American public with disease and economic burden that could have been avoided had the agency acted according to the court's decision. Below is a statement from Earthjustice attorney, James Pew:
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
USGS Releases Scientific Findings on Impacts of Oil Development in America’s Arctic Ocean
The U.S. Geological Survey released a study evaluating the gaps in science and knowledge about the impacts of offshore oil and gas development in America’s Arctic Ocean. The following statement is from Jessica Ennis, legislative representative at Earthjustice about today’s USGS release:
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Opportunity Knocks to Protect Public Health; Will President Obama Answer?
Scientists estimate that adopting strong curbs on ozone pollution—commonly referred to as smog—could save up to 12,000 lives every year, prevent 58,000 asthma attacks and avoid 21,000 hospital and emergency room visits. These health benefits are valued as high as $100 billion annually. But some of the Obama administration’s recent decisions have allowed politics to stall or derail sound environmental policy, setting a bad precedent for protecting the public from dangerous ozone pollution.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Complementary Action to Curb ‘Soot’ & ‘Smog’ Pollution Could Help Limit Global Temperature Rise
Fast action on pollutants such as black carbon, ground level ozone and methane may help limit near term global temperature rise and significantly increase the chances of keeping temperature rise below 2°C—and perhaps even 1.5°C—a new assessment says. Protecting the near-term climate is central to significantly cutting the risk of “amplified global climate change” linked with rapid and extensive loss of Arctic ice on both the land and at sea.
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Monday, June 13, 2011
BLM Cut-and-Paste Drilling Approvals Illegally Ignore Air Pollution Impacts
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has illegally pushed through dozens of oil and gas projects in western Colorado without doing any analysis of their air pollution impacts, according to a lawsuit filed today by environmental and health groups.
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