Unearthed This Week
Some top stories from the past week at Earthjustice…
This week found Earthjustice attorneys in courtrooms addressing a variety of issues, from protecting wildlife to public health.
On Monday, David Baron was in Arlington, Virginia, testifying in support of stronger standards for ozone pollution. Ozone is the main ingredient in the gray-brown haze commonly known as smog that blankets cities across the U.S. Each year it sends thousands of people to emergency rooms. Its long-term effects actually prevented a witness from testifying. The good news is that the EPA might finally reign it in.
On Tuesday, George Torgun, Mike Sherwood, Erin Tobin, and Trent Orr were all in Fresno, California, defending salmon and other fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. California's largest water district has asked a judge to temporarily suspend protections for the fish from February through May, when baby salmon migrate from the Sacramento River to the ocean.
And on Thursday, Keri Powell faced off against household cleaner giants in Manhattan, making a compelling case for why the companies should disclose the chemical ingredients in their products and the health risks they pose. It doesn't sound like much to ask, but the companies have been astonishingly reluctant to come clean.