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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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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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Environmental Groups Defend Northeast's Global Warming Effort, File Court Papers to Support New York in Power Plant Lawsuit
Environmental groups are going to court to help defend the nation's first enforceable effort to reduce the pollution responsible for global warming. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will require cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in 10 northeastern states.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
American Pika Advances Toward Endangered Species Act Protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it is launching a full status review to determine whether the American pika, a small, alpine-dwelling relative of the rabbit that is imperiled by global warming, warrants the protections of the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to a scientific petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity in October 2007 seeking protection for the species, followed by an August 2008 lawsuit against the Service for failing to respond to the petition.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
New Administration Re-Thinks Bush-Era Exemptions for Hazardous Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it is reversing course on two Bush-era exemptions for hazardous waste, issued in the waning days of the former administration.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
EPA to Review Bush-Era Air Pollution Rules
EPA Chief Lisa Jackson announced today agency plans to reconsider Bush-era regulations on air pollution controls for facilities that emit fine particle pollution (PM 2.5). Earthjustice, representing the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council sued the agency in July 2008, challenging the Bush new source review permitting program. The groups challenged several exemptions in the rule that would allow massive industrial facilities to be built without analyzing the impacts of soot pollution on surrounding communities.
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