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Policy & Legislation

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice
Earthjustice's hard-won legal victories are often targeted by industry for legislative rollback. The Policy & Legislation team works on Capitol Hill to strengthen environmental laws and uphold our legal accomplishments.

Signature Work

When Earthjustice wins big environmental victories in court, anti-environmental interests in Washington, D.C. often try to have Congress to overturn those court decisions through legislation.

To solidify the enduring impact of our legal victories, the Policy & Legislation team in Washington, D.C. works with champions in Congress to craft legislation that supports and extends our gains. The Policy & Legislation team also works to protect and strengthen federal environmental laws, and to prevent legislative attempts to undermine environmental progress.

Earthjustice promotes citizen enforcement of environmental laws and fight for new safeguards that go beyond current standards. The Policy & Legislation team advocates for stronger laws safeguarding children from toxic chemicals, protecting clean water standards,and tackling climate change.

Recent News from Policy & Legislation:

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Contact Policy & Legislation Office

1625 Mass. Ave., NW, Ste. 702
Washington, D.C.  20036
(202) 667-4500


Marty Hayden VP, Policy & Legislation

Kendra Brown Associate Legislative Counsel

Jenifer Collins Legislative Assistant

Andrea L. Delgado Legislative Representative

Jessica Ennis Sr. Legislative Representative

Chris Espinosa Legislative Representative

Lisa Evans Sr. Administrative Counsel

Raul Garcia Associate Legislative Counsel

Rebecca Judd Sr. Legislative Counsel

Stephanie Maddin Legislative Counsel

Marjorie Mulhall Legislative Counsel

Sarah Saylor Sr. Legislative Representative

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Regional Office: Spotlight Features

50 States United: Fighting in D.C. for Clean Air

In May 2013, doctors, nurses, clergy, labor advocates and community activists traveled from every state to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected officials and tell their stories of why clean air is important.

Defending the Endangered Species Act

In this interview, legislative counsel Marjorie Mulhall talks about her works with Congress and federal agencies to protect the Endangered Species Act and prevent legislative rollback of our legal victories.

Pesticides: The Workplace Hazard The EPA Is Ignoring

Members of the farmworker justice movement are calling on Congress to implement stronger protections for farmworkers from hazardous pesticides. The federal government estimates that there are 10,000–20,000 acute pesticide poisonings among workers in the agricultural industry annually.

Invasion of the Clean Air Army

More than one hundred citizens came from every state in the Union—and from many of its most polluted places—with a message for every legislator in Washington, D.C.: Industry is killing us with poisons they put into our air, our water, our communities.

EPA - Here Are 55 Reasons To Listen Closely

At EPA's listening session regarding carbon pollution controls from existing power plants, Sr. Legislative Representative Sarah Saylor put herself in EPA’s shoes and did some real listening. It turns out the list of what may be lost and what must be protected by such a rule is not as short as we sometimes make it in the name of expediency.

Why I Fight For Our Forests: Earthjustice's Rebecca Judd

National forests are the single largest source of clean drinking water in the United States, serving 124 million Americans. Rebecca Judd, legislative counsel for Earthjustice, based in Washington, D.C., discusses her work to protect forests.