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 08, 2009
Groups Challenge Weak Air Pollution Standard
Clean air advocates filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late Monday for refusing to adopt air pollution standards to limit coal dust pollution from roads at coal preparation and processing plants. Earthjustice, representing the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards is challenging revised air pollution standards that do not require coal preparation and processing plants to take any measures to limit the dangerous coal dust kicked up by trucks travelling on plant roads.
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Monday, December 07, 2009
EPA: Global Warming Endangers Public Health, Welfare
The following statement is from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's declaration today that global warming pollution poses a danger to the public health and welfare.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Communities Have Right to Know About Toxic Coal Ash Impoundments
As the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the TVA toxic coal ash sludge disaster, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project took action to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to release important information, including the storage capacity, inspection results, and records of violations, of more than 70 sites nationwide that store coal combustion waste in wet impoundments.
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Judge Approves Historic EPA Settlement: EPA and Florida Must Set Limits on Fertilizer and Animal Waste Pollution in State Waters
A federal judge in Tallahassee today approved a historic consent decree which requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set legal limits for the widespread nutrient poisoning that triggers harmful algae blooms in Florida waters. The change in federal policy comes 13 months after five environmental groups filed a major lawsuit to compel the federal government to set strict limits on nutrient poisoning in public waters.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Advocates Challenge Water Pollution From TVA’s Kingston Plant
Ann Harris, 70, remembers growing up near the Clinch River in Tennessee, frequently swimming and fishing its waters with her family. For the past few decades, the river has changed drastically. Its once clear waters now look and smell like sewage, which led Harris to sell her ancestral home and move away eight years ago.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Gulf Coast Communities Praise EPA Plan to Limit PVC Plant Pollution
Edgar Mouton, 74, has lived in Mossville, Louisiana for all his life and for most of those years he's lived near a PVC plant. In his community Mr. Mouton said there are unnatural rates of cancer, lung disease and asthma -- which he believes is directly linked to the PVC plant nearby. There's also the stink that smells like rotten eggs, he said. But thankfully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to begin regulating the host of toxins released from PVC plants by July 29, 2011.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hearings Begin on Kerry-Boxer Climate Change Bill
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works kicked off hearings on climate change legislation today. The Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) last month. The following statement is by Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice:
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Friday, October 23, 2009
EPA to Issue Strict Rules for U.S. Power Plant Air Toxics
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to adopt rules reducing toxic air pollution from the nation's coal- and oil-burning power plants, by November 2011, according to a settlement agreement reached in a federal lawsuit brought against the agency by a coalition of public health and environmental groups. The settlement has been lodged in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Committee Discusses Future of Clean Water
Today, Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) is holding a hearing in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to examine Clean Water Act enforcement deficiencies at the state and federal level. The hearing will focus on the failure to meet the goals of having all our nation's waters both fishable and swimmable -- a strong tenet of the Clean Water Act. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified along with other witnesses. The following statement is from Joan Mulhern, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice:
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Monday, October 05, 2009
60 Minutes Examines Danger of Coal Ash
A 60 Minutes investigation Sunday night underscored the danger of coal ash and the need for federal regulation of the toxic, hazardous substance. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently revealed crucial data about 584 coal ash dump states across the country -- data the agency released after Earthjustice and other environmental groups filed Freedom of Information Act requests -- they have yet to regulate the mix of toxic pollutants and leave that up to states.
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