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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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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Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Roadless Area Protections
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed protection for over 40 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building, logging, and development. The decision puts an end to the Bush administration's efforts to open these last great natural areas to development. Today's ruling protects the majority of national forest roadless areas in the country.
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Monday, August 03, 2009
Groups to Federal Agency: Stop Financing, Approving New Coal Plants
As Sunflower Electric aggressively pushes for expansion of a coal-fired power plant at Holcomb, Kansas, the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed court papers last Friday seeking to stop the expansion project. The challenge is to the federal Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which has effective oversight over Sunflower's business decisions, including the expansion.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Judge Rejects Industry Legal Filings in Toxics Right-To-Know Case
A New York State Supreme Court judge today rejected legal briefs filed by household cleaning giants Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight and Reckitt-Benckiser in a right-to-know case filed by environmental and public health advocates.
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Friday, July 10, 2009
Court Rejects Bush Administration Air Pollution Waivers
A federal appeals court today rejected Bush administration rules that allowed major power plants and factories to emit uncontrolled pollution into the air in cities that already have severely polluted air. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the Environmental Protection Agency rules illegally let plants buy rights to pollute -- sometimes from plants hundreds of miles away -- instead of installing modern emission controls.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Environmentalists Signal Support for Sotomayor
Senate Judiciary Committee members received a letter today signed by 60 national, regional, state, and local environmental, conservation and Native American organizations representing millions of members and supporters. The letter signals strong support for the Senate to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Environmental Justice Advocates Testify: Repeal Bush-Era Hazardous Waste Loophole
Environmental justice advocates from around the country traveled to Arlington, Virginia today to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to repeal a Bush-era hazardous waste loophole and restore safeguards to prevent toxic spills and contamination. The rule, which went into effect in the closing days of the last administration, stripped federal oversight of recyclers who handle 1.5 million tons of hazardous waste generated by steel, chemical, pharmaceutical and other industrial companies each year.
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