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, January 26, 2011
Salmon and the State of the Union
In last night's State of the Union speech President Obama called for streamlining government. He used federal oversight of salmon as an example of an area where streamlining might occur. The President said, "Then there's my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
EPA Proposes Stronger Protections for People in Pesticide Experiments
It will be harder for the chemical industry to use people as test subjects in pesticide research sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, based on an expanded “human testing rule." EPA has proposed dramatic changes in how studies that intentionally expose people to pesticides can be conducted and in what studies it will accept. These proposed changes should force the chemical industry to avoid these types of studies altogether.
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Key Wild Area on Rocky Mountain Front Protected
A federal judge has upheld a precedent-setting U.S. Forest Service decision to ban off-road vehicle (ORV) travel in the spectacular Badger-Two Medicine region of northern Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. Located just southeast of Glacier National Park in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, the area hosts many rare wildlife species, including grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Congress Takes on Secret Chemicals Used in Controversial Gas Drilling Technique
Members of Congress signaled their support for disclosure of secret chemicals used in gas drilling on public lands, signing onto a letter sent today to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Led by Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), 46 members of Congress signed the letter.
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Challenge to Huge Coal Strip Mine in Montana Clears Legal Hurdle
District Court Judge Joe Hegel today ruled that the Sierra Club and the Montana Environmental Information Center had brought reasonable claims against the State of Montana and St. Louis-based Arch Coal regarding the proposed leasing of the Otter Creek coal reserves.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
U.S. EPA Agrees to Schedule for Issuing Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants and Refineries
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to schedules for setting greenhouse gas emission limits for power plants and oil refineries. The schedules were negotiated as part of court settlements in lawsuits brought by environmental groups and states. Under the schedules, the agency will issue a proposed standard for power plants by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
US EPA Acts to Control Mercury From Gold Mines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued long overdue emission standards for the toxic pollution emitted by gold mining companies’ ore processing facilities. The new control requirements will provide significant reductions in gold mines mercury emissions, but regrettably fail to provide exposed communities with any protection from cyanide, arsenic and other toxic chemicals these plants emit in great volume.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Kansas Issues Permit for New, Massive Sunflower Coal Plant While Other States Begin Retiring Existing Coal Plants
Today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a permit for the highly controversial coal plant Sunflower Electric seeks to construct near Holcomb. The coal plant has been the subject of a multi-year controversy after being denied a permit in the fall of 2007.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Appeals Court Sides With San Joaquin Clean Air Advocates
A coalition of clean air advocates and conservation groups today hailed a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that upholds an air pollution rule requiring San Joaquin Valley builders to mitigate air pollution associated with new housing projects and other large developments.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
U.S. EPA Delays Another Important Air Rule
On Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed court papers stating that it wants another six months to decide whether to strengthen clean air standards for ozone, the main component of urban smog. This delay would be in addition to four months of delay to the rule this year, making the total delay ten months. The agency originally told a federal court the decision would be finalized by August, and later said it was "committed" to finish by December of this year. The following is a statement by Earthjustice attorney David Baron:
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