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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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Commemorating 40 Years of One of Our Nation's Most Successful and Protective Laws
Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates 40 years of one of the nation’s most successful laws and the cornerstone of clean air in the United States, the Clean Air Act. The following is a statement by Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen: "Since the Clean Air Act was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1970, it has become the single most powerful and critical tool for cleaning up our air in the United States and keeping toxic and deadly pollution out of our lungs.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
U.S. EPA Will Review Loophole That Stripped Regulation of Dangerous Hazardous Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to revisit a loophole that stripped federal oversight of companies that handle 1.5 million tons of hazardous waste each year. The loophole allows any company that claims to recycle hazardous waste to opt out of safety and inspection requirements.
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Thursday, September 09, 2010
New York to Force Household Cleaner Giants to Reveal Chemical Ingredients
For the first time, the State of New York will begin requiring household cleaning companies to reveal the chemical ingredients in their products and any health risks they pose.
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Thursday, September 02, 2010
GE Sugar Beets: Groups Condemn USDA Action Avoiding Court Order
On September 1, 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it was in the process of issuing permits to authorize the planting of genetically engineered (GE) sugar beet seedlings this Fall, without performing any review of the crops’ environmental impacts. These GE beets have been altered so that they can tolerate being sprayed with Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
EPA Policy Restoring Public Right to Know About Chemical Hazards Wins Strong Support from Health, Labor and Environmental Advocates
Twenty-six health, labor and environmental organizations today filed detailed comments voicing resounding support for a long-overdue change in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy that denied public access to information EPA receives from the chemical industry. That policy and the resulting Agency practice had allowed chemical companies routinely to mask the identity of chemicals when submitting information to the agency about known health and safety impacts.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
EPA Coal Ash Rule Sends Mixed Signal on Strong, Federally Enforceable Safeguards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed two options to regulate coal ash dry dumps and waste ponds. One option offers a groundbreaking solution to closing and monitoring leaking toxic dumps, while the other option perpetuates the status quo, ensuring that coal ash will continue to threaten lives and communities. The EPA must embrace the stronger option in order to protect public health and the environment.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Clean Air Advocates Urge U.S. EPA to Protect All Communities from Toxic Emissions
Clean air and environmental justice advocates are participating in public hearings in Los Angeles and Houston tomorrow to support cleaning up toxic air emissions from industrial incinerators, boilers and process heaters. This is one of the most significant rules the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed. It will affect thousands of pollution sources and people in thousands of communities.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Kentucky Coal Plant Funding Challenged
Late Tuesday, regional and national organizations challenged a decision by the federal Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to allow the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) to waive federal debt obligations and seek private financing for a new 278-MW coal-fired power plant at the J.K Smith Power Station in Clark County, Kentucky. The Sierra Club and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth are represented by Earthjustice in this matter.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Murkowski and Allies Clamor to Protect Big Oil in Face of Gulf Crisis
On Thursday, June 10, the U.S. Senate will vote on a resolution by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and will be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This proposal would also nullify the fuel efficiency standards for all cars and trucks finalized this spring that would reduce our nation's dependence on oil and promote major pollution cuts. Today, Sen. Murkowski and several Republican allies are holding a press conference to solicit support for this measure before the vote.
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Thursday, June 03, 2010
Gulf Conservationists Challenge Phony BP Oil Disaster Cleanup Plan
Earthjustice filed suit in federal court against the U.S. Minerals Management Service challenging the agency's arbitrary approval of BP's oil spill clean-up plan. The clean up plan was approved in July 2009 prior to the approval of the exploratory drilling plan. If successful, this legal challenge will result in a court ruling that Minerals Management Service's approval of BP's spill cleanup plan was illegal and a new plan needs to be crafted and approved before BP can do any more exploratory oil drilling.
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