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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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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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
EPA Issues Final Standard to Protect Americans from Boilers’ Toxic Air Pollution
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a final health standard that will limit emissions of mercury, lead, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic pollutants from industrial boilers. This commonsense air toxics safeguard, often called the “Boiler MACT (Maximum Available Control Technology),” will save thousands of lives, and prevent thousands of cases of asthma attacks, heart attacks and hospital visits.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
House Adds More Anti-Environmental Measures in Spending Plan
The U.S. House of Representatives tonight voted on more controversial amendments to their already controversial 2011 spending plan. House leaders approved an amendment that would block veterans, small businesses and private citizens from recouping attorney’s fees from the government and an amendment that would undo important air rules to limit mercury and other air pollution from cement kilns. House leaders will continue the vote on the spending legislation tonight and possibly into tomorrow.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Attorneys General Oppose Effort to Kill Cement Kiln Rules
New York Attorney General Eric. T. Schneiderman and attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts called on the U.S. House of Representatives leadership today to oppose efforts to undo important limits on mercury and other toxic air pollution from cement plants. The attorneys general detail their opposition to House Joint Resolution No. 9 in a letter to Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy & Commerce Committee. H.J. Res. 9, introduced by Rep. John Carter (R-TX), would block the U.S.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Oil and Gas Industry Drops Lawsuit Against Colorado Rules
On February 3, 2011, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) dropped its legal challenge to the new Colorado oil and gas rules adopted by the state in 2008. The industry association asked the court to dismiss its lawsuit, which was filed in Colorado’s 2nd District Court in Denver in 2009. The court granted the industry’s motion and dismissed the case on February 8, 2011.
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Farmers and Conservationists Challenge Latest Federal Approval of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets
Today the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a new decision to allow the U.S. sugar beet industry to continue growing Monsanto's "Roundup Ready," genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets. The decision was immediately challenged in court by a coalition of farmers and conservation groups: the Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and the Sierra Club. This is the same coalition that in August of last year had APHIS's previous decision to allow planting thrown out because it violated environmental laws.
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Thursday, February 03, 2011
Conservationists Join Feds to Support Sustainable Management for Alaskan Fisheries
Oceana and Greenpeace, represented by Earthjustice, filed motions in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska in support of conservation measures implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect the Steller sea lions. The measures restrict fishing by large bottom trawl vessels in certain areas of the western and central Aleutian Islands. These factory trawlers compete with sea lions for food and leave inadequate fish to support sea lion reproduction and recovery.
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Cancer-Causing Chemical in the Water: New Report Details Risk
Just weeks after recent headlines about hexavalent chromium, a cancer-causing toxic chemical, contaminated drinking water systems around the U.S., a new report shows that scores of leaking coal ash sites across the country are additional documented sites for such contamination.
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Sen. Jay Rockefeller Goes After Clean Air Act
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) dropped a bill that would shield the nation’s biggest polluters from limitations on their carbon dioxide pollution for another two years. This legislation was introduced just a few hours after a bill from Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) that would restrict the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate air pollution under a series of environmental laws.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Sen. John Barrasso Leads Senate Attack on Clean Air
Today, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and seven co-sponsors in the Senate introduced legislation that would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ability to limit the carbon dioxide pollution of the nation's biggest polluters and squelch any reductions of the pollution under the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
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