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, 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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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Senate Releases Climate Bill Legislation
Today Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) introduced their much anticipated energy and climate bill legislation, the Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act. Boxer, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is slated to hold hearings on the legislation in the next few weeks. The House passed a companion bill in June. The following is a statement from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen:
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
State Attorneys General Urge Senators to Close Loopholes in Climate Bill
Attorneys general of five states urged Senate leaders to strengthen the federal climate bill by requiring cleanup or closure of dirty coal-fired power plants, preserving state authority to set stricter clean air standards than in federal law and ensuring that citizens can sue to enforce the bill's provisions. "We believe that passage of a [stronger] bill ... will build upon the efforts of states to address climate change, and by demonstrating the nation's commitment to achieving carbon reductions, will put the U.S.
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Monday, August 31, 2009
EPA Data Reveal Far Reach of Toxic Coal Ash Threats
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just unveiled information to environmental groups about America's toxic coal ash dumps after months of data collection and inquiry. The groups, after a Freedom of Information Act request, discovered late last Friday that there are 584 coal ash dump sites across the country -- almost twice as many as previously identified. These sites pose significant cancer and health risks that so far have gone unchecked.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Earthjustice Seeks Supreme Court Review in Mountaintop Removal Mining Case
Earthjustice and the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court that asks the Court to review a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a controversial mountaintop removal mining case. The case challenges the U.S.
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