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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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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Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Report: Dirty Industries Use Distortion to Assail EPA's Boiler Rules
The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), which represents the state authorities that manage air pollution in all fifty states, released a report today that debunks a widely circulated but highly misleading industry study on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed toxic air emission standards for industrial boilers.
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Thursday, December 02, 2010
Judge Says Gas Pipeline Firm Should Not Be Granted Public Utility Status, Power to Seize Land
An administrative law judge has recommended that Laser Northeast Gathering Company--a gas pipeline company seeking to operate in northeast Pennsylvania--be denied a Certificate of Public Convenience. The Certificate would have granted the company eminent domain powers, allowing the company to force landowners to sell rights-of-way for pipelines through their property. This is the first time a company building gathering lines--which take gas from wells to larger transmission lines--has sought public utility status in the development of the region's Marcellus Shale deposit.
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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
NMFS Finalizes Important Rule for Atlantic Herring Fishery
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) finalized a new rule for the Atlantic herring fishery that would require all fish caught inside a critical spawning ground for cod, haddock and other groundfish to be brought onboard and documented by federal observers. A former loophole allowed for the dumping of catch before observers could inspect it, violating the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary fisheries law, which requires that all commercial fishing operations are monitored to prevent overfishing.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Halliburton Bucks EPA Request for Chemicals Used in Controversial Drilling Technique
Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Halliburton has refused to disclose the water-polluting chemicals it uses in a controversial gas drilling technique currently under investigation by the agency. The technique, known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically-treated water into the earth to extract the gas from underground deposits.
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Monday, November 01, 2010
Washington Supreme Court Rejects Citizen Challenge to Law Favoring Sprawl
The Washington State Supreme Court today upheld a controversial water law that will likely encourage sprawl and water speculation. The ruling also strongly suggested the high court justices will entertain specific challenges if people claim to be individually harmed.
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