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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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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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Fishermen and Conservationists Sue U.S. Department of Interior For Illegal Waivers of Blowout and Spill Response Planning in Gulf of Mexico Disaster
The Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit <http://www.earthjustice.org/ library/legal_docs/grn-sierra- apa-complaint.pdf> against the U.S. Minerals Management Service for exempting oil companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico from disclosing blowout and worst case oil spill scenarios, as well as formulating detailed plans for such.
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
New EPA Testing Method Identifies Higher Coal Ash Threat; Must Drive Agency's Rulemaking
A new testing method by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reveals that pollutants such as arsenic, antimony, chromium and selenium, can leach from coal ash at levels dozens and sometimes hundreds of times greater than the federal drinking water standard. This news comes on the heels of EPA's proposal to regulate coal ash, in which the agency offered two options: a plan to regulate coal ash as hazardous waste and another to regulate it as non-hazardous.
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
EPA Proposes National Regulations on Coal Ash
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans today to regulate coal ash dumps across the country. The announcement comes after months of delay and misleading statements by the power and coal industries and nearly 17 months after a billion gallons of toxic coal ash burst through a dam near a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Kingston, Tennessee.
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Friday, April 30, 2010
EPA Cracks Down on Toxic Air Pollution
Three years after environmental groups blocked the Bush administration’s attempt to deregulate toxic emissions from industrial incinerators, boilers and process heaters, the Obama administration has proposed strong new replacement rules today. The new rules will substantially reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants and the risk of serious health effects like cancer, reproductive disorders, and birth defects in communities across the country.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Congress Moves Forward on Clean Water Protections
The following statement is from Joan Mulhern, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice, on the introduction of new clean water legislation called, "America's Commitment to Clean Water Act": "Today is an important step forward reflecting years of work for clean water protections. We applaud Chairman James Oberstar for his leadership to introduce America's Commitment to Clean Water Act to restore protections for all the waters of the United States. We also commend Representatives John Dingell and Vernon Ehlers for their commitment to clean water.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
More Than 42,000 People and 51 Groups in 18 States Ask EPA to Protect Kids From Pesticides
Genoveva Galvez knows there are pesticides inside her 14-year-old body. What she really wants to know is this: how does she get rid of them? Genoveva and her family live surrounded by orange and olive trees in this small Central Valley town. When the cropdusters spray nearby, the sickly smell burns their eyes and sends them reeling indoors (click here to view a video.)
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Monday, March 08, 2010
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Air Pollution Case
The Supreme Court sided with community advocates by refusing to review a decision (09-495) by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that closed a gaping air pollution loophole. The loophole, known as the "startup, shutdown and malfunction" exemption effectively allowed major industrial polluters to exceed emissions standards whenever they claimed that their equipment "malfunctioned."
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Clark County Challenged for Weak Stormwater Controls
Clean water advocates, represented by Earthjustice, today formally put Clark County on notice it could be sued under the federal Clean Water Act for on-going failure to protect fish, drinking water supplies, and rivers, and comply with laws limiting stormwater pollution.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Environmental and Health Groups Face Off Against Household Cleaner Giants in Court
Public health and environmental advocates faced off against household cleaning giants Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight and Reckitt-Benckiser in a Manhattan court today in a fight for transparency about the toxic chemicals in cleaning products.
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