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Power plants are the largest source of toxic water pollution in the U.S., but the EPA has issued new regulations that will require power plants to use affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to reduce their pollution.

We don’t use phones, drive cars or fly airplanes that were built based on 1982 safety standards, so why should we allow power plants to dump poisons into our waters under such outdated standards?

Today, the EPA took an important step toward updating these standards by issuing requirements that power plants use affordable, state-of-the-art technologies to reduce their pollution—or eliminate the pollution altogether where feasible. 

An oil pumpjack towers above almond orchards in Shafter, CA, a small city in Kern County.

California’s Central Valley is a world entwined in contradiction. Lush rows of crops and orchards stretch as far as the eye can see while bone-dry, caramel-colored hills surround them. This farming mecca exported approximately $21.24 billion in agricultural products in 2013, but the valley’s largest cities hover in the top five U.S. regions hosting the highest percentages of people living in poverty.

Pope Francis greeting the crowds in St Peter's Square.

[Editor’s note: Today, Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., to encourage and support Pope Francis’ moral call to action to protect our planet for all people. Most notably for Earthjustice’s work, the pontiff will highlight his call to defend God’s creation set forth in his historic papal encyclical, Laudato Si, released this summer. Below is a transcript of Van Noppen’s speech.]

"Liebe den Wolf"

“‘Grandmother, what big teeth you have!’ ‘All the better to eat you up with.’ And, saying these words, the wicked wolf fell upon Little Red Riding Hood and ate her all up.” –folktale

Amelia Ceja speaks to Earthjustice about her sustainable vineyard and winery.

Este blog está disponible en español aquí.

We do a lot of talking about what’s wrong with agriculture in this country—rampant use of dangerous pesticides, unfair labor practices that disrespect and disconnect farmworkers from our food chain and government agencies that have listened to Big Ag for far too long when it comes to the science of protecting our food system and, ultimately, the food we consume. 

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