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Earthjustice maintains nine regional offices across the country, along with an international program and a policy and legislation team. Visit each office's page for the latest news, features, and cases, and to find out more about the people and places that make up Earthjustice.

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Northern Rockies  ·   Northwest  ·   Policy & Legislation  ·   Rocky Mountain  ·   Washington, D.C.

Alaska

325 Fourth Street
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-2751
akoffice @earthjustice.org

441 W 5th Avenue, Ste. 301
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 277-2500
akoffice @earthjustice.org

From Alaska Regional Office:

America’s Arctic Ocean Safe For The Summer: Shell wasn’t anywhere near ready to drill for oil safely in America’s Arctic Ocean this summer, but fortunately the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Earthjustice and its clients, and Shell cancelled its plans. The court told the Department of the Interior that it violated the law by downplaying the risks of selling oil leases in the Chukchi Sea. The Obama administration is now considering its options, but it is clear that it needs to reconsider the leases based on a full, public and honest review of the risks. If that happens, it will be clear that we should end drilling plans for good. (Read more.)

Pebble Mine Hits A Big Roadblock: A huge copper-gold-molybdenum mine proposed in Alaska appears to be in serious trouble, following the release of a scientific assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency. In uncharacteristically blunt language, the report “concludes that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses risks to salmon, wildlife and Native Alaska cultures. Bristol Bay supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.” The report makes no policy recommendations, but Earthjustice’s Madeline Gallo was quick to say, “The Environmental Protection Agency should use its authority under the Clean Water Act to prohibit the Pebble Mine from proceeding.” (Read more.)

California

50 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 217-2000
caoffice @earthjustice.org

From California Regional Office:

New Chemical Increases Threats To Bees: The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a new pesticide called sulfoxaflor for use on a variety of fruits and vegetables despite the fact that field tests have shown the chemical to be highly toxic and a grave threat to honeybees and other pollinators. This comes at a time when bee colonies are already crashing, posing serious peril to our food supplies. Earthjustice has challenged the approval of the chemical and the failure of the EPA to require adequate warning. (Read more.)

Florida

111 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 681-0031
floffice @earthjustice.org

From Florida Regional Office:

Pollution Killing Manatees at Record Pace: 2013 was the deadliest year ever for Florida’s endangered manatees, which Earthjustice is working to protect. According to the Save the Manatee Club, 769 manatees have died through Oct. 29, the largest annual manatee die-off in Florida since record-keeping began. The previous record was set in 2010 when biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission documented 766 dead manatees, of which hundreds died from cold stress. (Read more.)

Headquarters

50 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA  94111
(415) 217-2000
headquarters @earthjustice.org

From Headquarters:

Mineral King. (John Rasmussen)For more than 100 years, miners, rascals and even Mickey Mouse failed to tame one of America's wildest places. Nature defeated most of those misguided adventurers, but it took the partnership of some plucky lawyers to finally preserve the Sierra's majestic Mineral King. Their pioneering efforts laid the cornerstone of environmental law and gave birth to Earthjustice. (Explore Special Feature)

International

50 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 217-2000
intloffice @earthjustice.org

From International Office:

Resorts Threaten Gulf of California: Earthjustice and the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense are asking a commission set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement to review allegations that the Mexican government has ignored its laws aimed at protecting endangered species, coral reefs and mangrove forests in approving four gigantic resorts in the Gulf of California. Proposed are dozens of hotels, condominiums, golf courses and a desalination plant, the latter being a special concern since the saline discharge could be fatal to coral reefs. (Read more.)

Mid-Pacific

850 Richards Street, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 599-2436
mpoffice @earthjustice.org

From Mid-Pacific Regional Office:

The Herbicide Vicious Circle: In recent years, the agribusiness industry genetically engineered corn, soy and other crops to resist herbicides. This does not improve the crops; it simply makes them initially more convenient for some farmers to grow. They douse their fields with Roundup, which kills almost everything but the crops. A few herbicide-resistant plants will survive and multiply, eventually taking over the field, requiring application of even more-potent chemicals, all to the detriment of wildlife and people nearby. Many states are considering requiring sellers to disclose which of their items are genetically engineered. In Hawaiʻi, Earthjustice is helping the state to do so, and aiding Kauaʻi County to defend new pesticide controls from an industry challenge. (Read more.)

Northeast

48 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 845-7376
neoffice @earthjustice.org

1617 JFK Blvd., Ste. 1675
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 717-4520
neoffice @earthjustice.org

From Northeast Regional Office:

Towns Fight Back Against Fracking: In mid-December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional a law that allowed state government to override local communities’ zoning decisions to limit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Earthjustice submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, representing 22 organizations. Other state courts are facing this issue, too. In 2013, two New York state courts ruled in favor of towns that have limited industrial gas development through local zoning. Earthjustice represents Dryden, one of the New York towns. The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a similar case, in which Earthjustice submitted a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of health professionals. (Read.)

Oil Expansion Threatens Albany: The port of Albany, NY, has a facility where oil is offloaded from rail cars and poured into the holds of tankers, which cruise down the Hudson River to East Coast refineries. The volume was doubled in 2012 with no environmental study, and now the agency involved is contemplating a proposal to heat up some new shipments, which suggests that it’s tar sands oil that’s coming next. The agency says this will have “insignificant” effects on public safety and the environment. Earthjustice thinks otherwise and is taking legal action. (Read.)

Northern Rockies

313 East Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-9699
nroffice @earthjustice.org

From Northern Rockies Regional Office:

Utility To Continuously Monitor Soot Pollution: Earthjustice litigation has resulted in an agreement with the operator of two large coal-fired power plants in Montana to install equipment to continuously monitor particulate matter, or soot, in the plants’ air emissions. Previously, the monitoring was done only once or twice a year, for a period of a few hours. The new routine will allow nearby residents to know when and if the plants’ particulate pollution exceeds limits set by regulators to protect public heath and allow regulators to force the plants to abide by the limits. (Read more.)

Northwest

705 Second Avenue, Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 343-7340
nwoffice @earthjustice.org

From Northwest Regional Office:

Sunflower Coal Plant Withers in Kansas: A huge—and hugely controversial—coal-fired power plant planned for rural Kansas recently lost its permit when the Kansas Supreme Court issued a landmark decision finding the permit illegal because it failed to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. The Court concluded the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had improperly approved the plant, which would burn coal from Wyoming and ship the electricity to Colorado, under old, lax standards that had been replaced by new standards to better protect clean air and the health of Kansans. Earthjustice represented the Sierra Club. (Read more.)

Volts and Smolts Can Coexist, Court Says: In 1980, Congress enacted a law that requires a regional council to protect salmon and maintain a reliable power supply. The council has done well on the latter, miserably on the former: 13 salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers are threatened or endangered. A principle reason is that the Bonneville Power Administration argues that any water not used for power generation is wasted. Earthjustice sued, and an appeals court recently found that the Northwest can both keep the lights on and protect the fish. (Read more.)

Navy Told to Tone Down War Noise: The Navy, with the blessing of the National Marine Fisheries Service, has been using the waters off the Northwest coast for war practice and to test equipment. This often involves very loud noises that disrupt feeding and breeding by orcas, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Recent studies show that the harm caused is far greater than previously thought. Earthjustice sued and a judge ruled that NMFS must reconsider its permit and apply the very latest science to reduce harm to the species. (Read more.)

Latest Attempt to Log Murrelet Habitat Thwarted: The logging industry is nothing if not persistent. Four times in the past ten years the industry has tried to get a court to allow it to resume logging in old-growth forests essential to the survival of the rare marbled murrelet. The latest attempt failed—as have the three previous attempts—in September, when a federal judge rejected the latest suit. Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles, who has fought on behalf of the birds for years, said, “It is time for logging interests to move on. Science, law, and public opinion do not support their demand to log the old-growth forests that marbled murrelets call home.” (Read more.)

Crude Oil Port Permits Overturned: Proposals to build two crude-by-rail terminals in Grays Harbor, Washington, suffered a major setback when the Washington Shorelines Hearings Board reversed their permits. Crude-by-rail terminals receive crude oil by trains, store it in vast tanks, and then ship it by tankers and barges to refineries along the west coast. These proposals threaten to expose Washington State to all the risk and none of the reward of the current oil boom in North Dakota and tar sands mess in Alberta, Canada. Earthjustice represents the Quinault Indian Nation in its effort to block the projects due to their threats to cultural and environmental values. (Read more.)

Policy & Legislation

1625 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Ste. 702
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 667-4500
dcoffice @earthjustice.org

From Policy & Legislation Office:

The Clean Water Act Turns 40: The seminal environmental laws enacted in the early ‘70s were a model of bipartisanship, which has all but vanished from Washington these days. The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, was popular enough on both sides of the aisle that Congress overrode a Nixon veto of the law. But in the past 10 years or so certain elements in the Congress and in industry have been working to weaken, even gut, this vastly important law. Forty-two years ago the Cuyahoga River caught fire, and led to the passage of the Clean Water Act two years later. Enormous progress has been made, progress now threatened by forces that would turn back the clock. Earthjustice and its allies are working diligently in Congress, the executive agencies, and elsewhere to defend and strengthen this law. (Read more.)

Rocky Mountain

1400 Glenarm Place, #300
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-9466
rmoffice @earthjustice.org

From Rocky Mountain Regional Office:

Army AWOL On San Pedro Protection: Earthjustice is taking on the U.S. Army for its failure to help protect Arizona’s remarkable green ribbon of life—the San Pedro River. In its lawsuit filed in January, Earthjustice notes that the Army’s Fort Huachuca and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have failed to develop a viable plan—as ordered by a previous court decree—for preserving the river’s flow and protecting endangered species that depend on it. (Read more.)

Washington, D.C.

1625 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Ste. 702
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 667-4500
dcoffice @earthjustice.org

From Washington, D.C. Office:

Army Corps Punts On Coal Vs. Children’s Health: Yet another mountaintop removal coal mine is being proposed in Kentucky, this time adjacent to a school, where 325 children, from kindergarten through high school, study. There is ample evidence to indicate that people who live, work and study near these mines suffer a wide range of health problems, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has issued a permit for the Stacy Branch Mine, insists that it has no responsibility to protect the children’s health. Earthjustice’s Neil Gormley recently presented arguments in a federal appeals court on behalf of local opponents of the mine. (Read more.)

New Rules Coming To Control Refinery Pollution: Congress set a 2003 deadline for the EPA to review its regulations limiting air pollution from oil refineries, which often sit adjacent to communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. The agency missed this deadline by nearly a decade, and so Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project filed suit to force the agency to address public health risks and new emission control developments. Recently, the EPA committed to conduct this review, and a federal court just signed off on the agreement, which should bring relief to community groups in California, Texas and Louisiana. (Read more.)