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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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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Monday, February 01, 2010
Clean Water Advocates Act For Stronger Stormwater Controls in Washington
Local residents and clean water advocates today filed a challenge to Clark County's on-going failure to protect rivers, streams and comply with laws limiting stormwater pollution.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
EPA Requests Feedback on Plan Analyzing Impact of Hazardous Waste on Disadvantaged Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public input on a precedent-setting effort to evaluate environmental justice concerns raised by a Bush-era loophole that stripped federal oversight of companies that handle 1.5 million tons of hazardous waste each year. The waste is generated by steel, chemical and pharmaceutical companies and mostly affects low-income communities and communities of color where waste dumps are often situated.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Coal-Power Transmission Line Off the Table
Two coal-burning energy companies are withdrawing plans to build a multi-billion dollar transmission line from Appalachia to East Coast cities – the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH line. The announcement came with a concession that the new line is not needed to address electricity demand in the foreseeable future. The proposed PATH line would have flooded Northeast cities with dirty coal energy and made it harder for renewable clean energy to get a toehold in eastern power markets.
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Monday, December 21, 2009
One Year Later: America’s Worst Environmental Disaster Continues with No Regulatory Relief in Sight
It’s been one year and piles of coal ash still remain. Train cars full of the toxic waste move from Kingston, Tennessee to Perry County, Alabama. The few remaining residents along the Clinch and Emory Rivers say the cleanup goes on, but not much of the scenery has changed. They describe it as a moonscape, a war zone, a sad sight. One year ago, a billion gallons of toxic coal ash -- the leftovers from coal-fired power plants that contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, selenium and other toxins -- burst through a dam at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Plant.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Last Planned Coal Plant in Florida Cancelled
Earthjustice applauds Seminole Electric Cooperative for its decision to withdraw its application to build a new coal-fired generating unit at its plant in Palatka, FL. The decision comes in response to an Earthjustice challenge to the new coal plant because the generating unit posed a serious air pollution risk to surrounding communities. Seminole had tried to understate the extent of the new air pollution the plant would have caused and avoid having to install stringent control technologies to minimize the pollution.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Senate GOP Attempts to Undermine EPA Endangerment Finding on Global Warming
Senate Republicans are pushing plans to derail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent finding that declared carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a threat to public health and welfare. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced earlier this week her plans to introduce a resolution that would retroactively veto the U.S. EPA's endangerment finding. The following statement is from Sarah Saylor, senior legislative representative at Earthjustice:
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Fishermen Challenge Federal Agency
Recreational and commercial fishermen have filed separate actions against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) seeking to close loopholes in the way it monitors the industrial Atlantic herring midwater trawl fleet and bring accountability to this fishery.
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