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Leading Environmental Groups Respond to Attacks Against Clean Air Act Heard Before Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. (February 28, 2022) – Following oral argument before the Supreme Court in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental respondents in the case today released the following statements: “Coal companies and their allies asked the Supreme Court today to prevent the EPA from limiting the huge amount of climate pollution emitted by power […]

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EDF: John Kerry Is One of the World’s Most Effective Climate Champions

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2020 – President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change with a position on the National Security Council, according to the Office of the President Elect. “Secretary Kerry is one of the world’s most effective climate champions, both in the U.S. […]

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EDF: Elected Officials and Organizations Must Denounce Harassment of Public Health Officials

Washington, D.C. – June 23, 2020  “As health officials and medical professionals work to protect the nation from COVID-19, they have become increasingly subject to threats and harassment. These attacks are inexcusable and must be strongly and loudly denounced by our elected leaders and organizations, companies, institutions and individuals that care about this country’s ability to […]

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Satellite Data Reveals Extreme Methane Emissions from America’s Permian Oil & Gas Operations

NEW YORK, April 22, 2020 –  Findings published today in the journal Science Advances show that oil and gas operations in America’s sprawling Permian Basin are releasing methane at twice the average rate found in previous studies of 11 other major U.S. oil and gas regions. The new study was authored by scientists from Environmental Defense Fund, Harvard […]

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Court Rules in Favor of California on Coordination with Quebec in Cutting Climate Pollution

Sacramento. Calif. March 12, 2020 – Today, a federal district court issued an order granting California’s motion for summary judgment and rejecting the U.S. motion on two constitutional claims that California’s coordination with Quebec to reduce climate pollution is unlawful. The order by Judge William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California was issued […]

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Groups Celebrate Termination of State Oil Leases Offshore Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara, CA, June 28, 2019 – Environmental groups celebrated today, after the California State Lands Commission terminated four oil and gas leases in state waters directly offshore the City of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County.  The leases were purchased by Carone Petroleum Corporation in 1997, at which time Carone proposed to develop the leases […]

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House Oversight Committee to Hold Hearings on Trump Failure to Deal with National Security Impacts of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 8, 2019 – Tomorrow the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), will conduct hearings on the interconnected challenges of solving climate change and protecting national security. With the Trump administration ignoring longstanding warnings from the military about the impact of a changing climate on defense infrastructure and the dangers […]

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EPA Decision to Deny Delaware, Maryland Clean Air Petitions Puts Millions at Risk from Smog

Washington, D.C. September 17, 2018 – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to refuse help to downwind states will put the health millions of Americans at risk from avoidable smog, according to Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). “EPA’s irresponsible decision to deny these petitions will cause unnecessary risk to the health of millions of Americans,” said […]

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Trump Administration Targets Mercury Standards Next in Its Attack on Health and Environmental Protections

Washington, D.C. August 30, 2018 – The Trump Administration continued its efforts to unravel America’s public health and environmental protections when news reports confirmed its planned attack on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have been a proven success in protecting American families from some of the most dangerous […]

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EPA Should Abandon Rulemaking to Distort, Undervalue Benefits of Health Safeguards, Pollution Limits

Washington, D.C.  August 14, 2018 –  EDF and a group of environmental, conservation, and social justice organizations yesterday submitted comments to Environmental Protection Agency urging it not to move ahead on an ‘Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking’ that could lead the Agency to undercount the huge health and environmental benefits of standards. As the comments […]

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Report Highlights Pollution Risk to Residents near California Oil and Gas Facilities

Dec. 18, 2017 – Nearly one million Californians living within half-a-mile of the state’s 54,000 active oil and gas wells may face elevated health risks due to pollution from those operations. But a report released by Environmental Defense Fund says a new wave of lower-cost digital monitoring technology could give them new peace of mind […]

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Report Highlights Pollution Risk to Residents near California Oil & Gas Facilities

LOS ANGELES, Calif. December 13, 2017 – Nearly one million Californians living within half-a-mile of the state’s 54,000 active oil and gas wells may face elevated health risks due to pollution from those operations. But a report released today by Environmental Defense Fund says a new wave of lower-cost digital monitoring technology could give them […]

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New Reports Raise Health Concerns About Emissions From California’s Oil and Gas Industry

March 14, 2017 – Irene Burga is the Tom Graff Fellow for the California Oil and Gas Program at EDF. For decades communities in California who live close to oil and gas facilities have reported experiencing unbearable odors of gas, headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and even cardiac complications as a result of the industry’s emissions. […]