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.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Congress Tries to Undercut Clean Air Protections for Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling
The following statement is from Earthjustice attorney Erik Grafe, who will testify today at 10 a.m. Eastern, before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the “Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011.” This proposed legislation seeks to exempt offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean from important Clean Air Act protections.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
EPA Plans to Exempt California Power Plant from Pollution Laws
In a decision that could set a precedent for proposed polluting industries across the country, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a proposed gas-fired power plant in California would not be subject to current pollution regulations because the EPA failed to enforce those laws in a timely manner.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Gray Wolves and Wild Lands Targeted in Federal Budget
Anti-environmental provisions that remove Endangered Species protections for endangered gray wolves and another that seeks to strip the government of its authority to protect some of America’s best undeveloped natural public lands are in the budget bill to be voted on by the end of this week
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Judge Puts Brakes on Kansas Coal-Fired Power Plant
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government violated federal law by providing approval and financial assistance to a controversial Kansas power project without environmental review and public involvement. The decision raises new questions about the future of the troubled Sunflower project, which is already in litigation over its air pollution permits.
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hears Testimony on Freshwater Loss Due to Climate Change
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today heard expert testimony describing the human rights implications of freshwater loss caused by climate change occurring in the Western hemisphere. The panel included a scientist, a farmer from the Bolivian Andes, and an international legal expert. The hearing was requested in January 2011 by Earthjustice and the Bolivian advocacy group Agua Sustentable .
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Monday, March 07, 2011
Senate Calls for Wolf Delisting in Budget Bill
Today the US Senate released a Continuing Resolution to fund federal government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year that calls for delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho. The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to reissue a wolf delisting rule first issued in 2009 that removed Endangered Species Act protection from wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and northern Utah. The rule retained federal protections for wolves in Wyoming, which has thus far refused to produce a wolf management plan that the US Fish and Wildlife Service deems adequate.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011
Groups Applaud Progress on Cleaning Product Chemical Right-To-Know Effort, Submit Response to State Proposal
As New York State moves forward with a proposal requiring manufacturers of household cleaners to tell consumers what chemicals are in their products, public interest groups submitted comments this week on the plan.
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
EPA Estimates Clean Air Act Will Gain $2 Trillion in Health Benefits by 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released “The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020” report estimating the health benefits from the Clean Air Act at $2 trillion by the year 2020, which includes 230,000 saved lives in that year alone. These health benefits are the result of reducing risks of early death associated with breathing in fine particle pollution and ozone as well as reducing breathing illnesses such as chronic bronchitis.
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Coal-Power Transmission Line Off the Table
Today, utility companies in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland withdrew pending applications to build a multi-billion dollar transmission line that was intended to bring coal-fired power to new East Coast markets. American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy, two of the nation’s largest coal-fired power producers, had been pushing for approval of the so-called Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline, or “PATH line,” which was slated to run from Amos, West Virginia to Kemptown, Maryland.
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Conservation Groups Challenge Wasteful Dirty Energy Development
With clean air and the climate at stake, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club filed a formal challenge to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision authorizing the expansion of the Elk Creek coal mine in western Colorado.
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