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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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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Friday, August 21, 2009
EPA Agrees to Set Limits on Fertilizer and Animal Waste Pollution in Florida
In a major step forward for the environment, President Barack Obama's administration has signed a consent decree in which it agrees to set legal limits for the widespread nutrient poisoning that triggers harmful algae blooms in Florida waters. "This is a refreshing change of policy after almost a decade of foot-dragging by the Bush administration," said Earthjustice attorney Monica Reimer. "It is a real milestone in the struggle to safeguard lakes, rivers and estuaries throughout Florida."
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Friday, August 14, 2009
Obama Administration Announces New Effort to Protect Wildlife in National Forests
Today Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the Obama administration would not appeal a court ruling won by Earthjustice that struck down forestry regulations enacted by the Bush administration. The Bush regulations greatly weakened protections for wildlife and other natural resources ofAmerica’s national forests, which is why Earthjustice and a coalition of conservation groups opposed them. Secretary Vilsack said the administration will undertake a new rule-making. The Department of Agriculture oversees the US Forest Service and America’s national forests.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Distribution Transformers Get Energy Boost From US DOE
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Friday set in motion a U.S. Department of Energy agreement to review the existing energy efficiency standards for electricity distribution transformers, the gray boxes mounted on utility poles, and propose changes to maximize future savings three years earlier than otherwise required.
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