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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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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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Family Farmers Challenge State and Corporate Feedlot Operation Over Water
Third and fourth generation Franklin County farmers today filed a lawsuit to protect their water and way of life from a massive industrial feedlot. The feedlot will pump more than a million gallons of groundwater per day total from an area otherwise closed to new groundwater withdrawals.
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Supreme Court Clears Way for Mining Company to Destroy Alaskan Lake
Washington, DC -- The Supreme Court ruled today that the Clean Water Act permits a mining company to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of a toxic wastewater slurry into an Alaskan lake, killing its fish and aquatic life. The ruling has dire implications for other waterways across the country, but the Obama administration and Congress may act promptly to ensure lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands are not destroyed by industrial waste dumping.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
City Budgets $141 Million for Toxic Waste Cleanup at Staten Island Site
The city budget, expected to be approved this week, dedicates $141 million for the cleanup of a long-abandoned toxic waste dump in Staten Island. Community representatives will meet with the Department of Environmental Protection Monday to finalize the cleanup plan. The funds have been set aside for work at the Brookfield Avenue landfill, one of five city landfills involved in an illegal dumping scandal that sent a city Department of Sanitation official and a hauling operator to prison in the 1980s. Of the five landfills, the Staten Island site is the last to be remediated.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Senate Committee Approves Urgently Needed Clean Water Legislation
Important clean water legislation advanced today after a Senate committee debate and vote. By a vote of 12-7, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a compromise version of the bill introduced by Senators Baucus (MT), Klobuchar (MN), and Boxer (CA). The original Clean Water Restoration Act (S. 787) was introduced by Senator Russ Feingold in April.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Groups to Feds: Communities Have Right to Know of Toxic Coal Ash Sites
A coalition of environmental groups today formally asked the Department of Homeland Security, the Army Corp of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency to make public the list of 44 "high hazard" coal ash disposal sites across the country.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
White House Announcement on Mountaintop Removal Does Little to Stop Destruction
The following statement is from Joan Mulhern, Senior Legislative Counsel at Earthjustice regarding the Council on Environmental Quality's announcement on the future of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia: "What the administration is proposing today is essentially rearranging the bureaucratic deck chairs on the disastrous ship that is mountaintop removal. They announced new processes for interagency coordination and the potential to review regulations, but no substantive policies to actually stop the destruction caused by mountaintop removal.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Bill Would Protect Drinking Water From Toxic Chemicals
A bill introduced today by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) would protect drinking water from toxic chemicals often used during oil and gas drilling. A companion bill also was introduced today in the Senate by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
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