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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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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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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