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Posted inEnviro

First Comprehensive, National Study of Coal Ash Pollution Finds Widespread Groundwater Contamination

Washington, D.C. March 4, 2019 – An examination of monitoring data available for the first time concludes that 91 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants with monitoring data are contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants. The study by the Environmental Integrity Project, with assistance from Earthjustice, used industry data that became available to […]

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Earthjustice Statement on Declaration of National Emergency to Build Trump’s Border Wall

Washington, D.C. February 14, 2019 – Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen released the following statement in response to reports of President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build additional miles of wall at the border. As the nation’s leading environmental law firm, Earthjustice played an active role in the fight against “waivers of law” […]

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Earthjustice: President Trump’s Cave Should Put an End to Government Shutdowns

Washington, D.C. January 25, 2019 – This afternoon, President Trump announced he will relent on weeks of demands for a border wall and sign Congressional Democrats’ clean three-week government funding bill, bringing an end to a record 35-day government shutdown that endangered nearly 800,000 federal workers’ livelihoods. The following is a statement from Martin Hayden, […]

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Wheeler’s EPA secretly moves to let more mercury in the air

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 28, 2018 – Today, Andrew Wheeler’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it wants to gut the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, or MATS, which protects families from mercury and other toxic pollution from power plants and other sources. According to EPA, this rule prevents tens of thousands of premature deaths, asthma attacks […]

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Trump administration allows“incidental” injury to endangered whales in seismic blast zones

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 30, 2018 – Today the Trump administration will authorize companies to injure, harass, disrupt or even kill marine mammals in the course of surveying the Atlantic Ocean seafloor to detect oil and gas reserves. These seismic airgun surveys, a precursor to offshore oil and gas drilling, will affect marine wildlife across 200,000 […]

Posted inCalifornia

Earthjustice President Says Catastrophic Wildfires Show Need for Massive Investment in Clean Energy and Climate Resiliency

November 20, 2018 – Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen released the following statement in response to the climate change issues raised by the California wildfires: “As California struggles to recover from the most devastating wildfires in its history, we call on the nation’s elected leaders to take immediate action to strengthen climate resiliency and move legislation forward […]

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California Recommends Few Restrictions On Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage

Sacramento, CA, Nov 15, 2018 — Today, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation recommended weak, temporary restrictions on the controversial, neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. The California restrictions direct county agriculture commissioners to prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos on certain crops and eliminate aerial spraying. But despite numerous calls from scientists, communities, and a federal appeals court […]

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Largest logging project in the country in more than 30 years is moving forward on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

JUNEAU, AK, Nov. 2, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for its proposed Prince of Wales timber sale project, advancing plans for a record-breaking old-growth and young-growth logging project on Prince of Wales Island and the smaller neighboring islands in Southeast Alaska. […]

Posted inUS

Environmental, Civil Rights Advocates Demand Trump Administration Halt Move to Silence Freedom of Speech on National Mall

Washington, D.C. October 15, 2018 – In response to a National Parks Service (NPS) proposal to force the public to pay fees for demonstrations at the National Mall, Memorial Parks and President’s Park, 85 environmental, civil rights, and other advocacy organizations released a letter calling the move an attempt to place “a financial barrier that precludes […]

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Senate Completes Sham Nomination Process, Elevates Judge Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. October 6, 2018 – Abigail Dillen, President of Earthjustice, released the following statement in reaction to the Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh this afternoon: “We at Earthjustice are ashamed. The process to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was an affront to the bedrock principles of fairness and justice […]

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National Monuments Lawsuits to Stay in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. September 24, 2018 – Today a federal judge ruled that the lawsuits to decide the fate of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments will be heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This is the venue in which they were originally filed by the Native American Tribes […]

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Groups Charge EPA with Failing to Enforce Air Standards in San Joaquin Valley

OAKLAND, CA, Sept. 18, 2018 – Today, community groups Committee for a Better Arvin and Committee for a Better Shafter along with Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, represented by Earthjustice, along with the National Parks Conservation Association filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to enforce deadlines for the submission […]

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Mining Freeze Protecting America’s Most Visited Wilderness Area Dropped by Trump Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 6, 2018 – A decision issued by the USDA today abandons the U.S. Forest Service’s request to freeze mining in the watershed of a beloved wilderness, exposing northern Minnesota’s pristine public lands and waterways to lasting impacts from sulfide-ore copper mines. USDA’s announcement that it will cancel the USFS application to the Secretary of Interior to withdraw 234,000 […]

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California Just Became the Largest Economy in the World to Commit to Zero Carbon Electricity

Sacramento, Calif. August 28, 2018 – Today, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 (SB 100), legislation that will transition the state’s energy grid to 100% clean energy by 2045. California’s commitment to clean energy comes as the Trump administration is dismantling protective standards for power plants and car emissions, unleashing climate and air pollution in […]