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, 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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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Groups Sue National Marine Fisheries Service to Protect Sea Turtles
A group of conservation organizations is suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to force action quickly to protect threatened and endangered sea turtles from death and injury in the Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery. Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and a coalition of conservation groups are urging the Fisheries Service to impose immediate protections for the imperiled species.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
US EPA Proposes to Slash Harmful Ship Emissions, Leaves out Arctic Protections
At a joint news conference with the Coast Guards and New Jersey elected official, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that the USA has became the first country to ask the International Maritime Organization to create an emissions control area (ECA) around the nation's coastline.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
House Sends Key Lands Protection Bill to President
Today the House of Representatives approved a bill that calls for protection of some of America's finest natural landscapes. The Senate has already approved the bill, which is expected to be signed by President Obama. Two expanses of wild lands that will be protected are still in their natural state due to past efforts by Earthjustice attorneys. One is the Mineral King valley in the southern Sierra Nevada of California. The other is the Wyoming Range in western Wyoming.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
EPA to Corps of Engineers: Mountaintop Removal Mining Poses Serious Threat to US Waters
The following statement is from Earthjustice attorney Jennifer Chavez on today's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expressing "serious concerns about the need to reduce harmful impacts on water quality caused by certain types of coal mining practices," including mountaintop removal mining.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Groups Fight Deregulation of Hazardous Waste
Environmental groups are suing the U.S.
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Advocates Challenge Water Pollution from Hatfield’s Ferry Power Plant
Clean water advocates are challenging a permit that will allow the Hatfield's Ferry coal-fired power plant to discharge mercury, cadmium, selenium, lead and other toxic metals into the Monongahela River. The Monongahela is a drinking water source for more than 350,000 people living south of Pittsburgh. Many coal-fired power plants around the country use systems that prevent discharge of heavy metals into rivers and streams.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
California AG, Environmental Groups in Court Over Weak Energy Efficiency Standards
A panel of federal judges heard arguments today in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy to adopt stronger energy efficiency standards for electricity distribution transformers, the gray boxes mounted on utility poles all over the country.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
US Senate: EPA Must Immediately Regulate Coal Ash Disposal
The following statement is from Ben Dunham, associate legislative counsel at Earthjustice on yesterday's Senate Resolution (S. Res. 64) by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Thomas Carper (D-DE) calling upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finally regulate coal ash waste disposal and storage. The resolution requests the "earliest date possible" for regulations.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Court Rules Cleanup Tab For Mines and Other Hazardous Sites Should Not Fall to Public
A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must close a loophole that -- for more than 25 years -- has made it easy for mining companies, coal ash dumps, and a host of other polluting industries to skip out on costly cleanups by declaring bankruptcy.
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