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A judge has ordered the FDA to release withheld information related to its approval of GE salmon.

Recently, a U.S. District Court judge took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task for withholding government documents related to the agency’s approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The judge’s decision is a big win for public transparency, but it’s also a small step toward finally doing a proper evaluation of the risks posed by GE animals—which could one day end up on our dinner plates.

The Stream Protection Rule is obliterated, creating a tougher fight ahead for communities near coal mines

“This is the last thing in the world I thought I would be doing at my age,” says Ron Burnett, a conservative and Rust Belt native who is nearing 70.

Burnett is an unlikely opponent of a coal mine. But when he first learned that a massive open-pit mine was proposed a stone’s throw from his home in Alaska, he started to warn his neighbors.

“Where I come from, there’s 1,500 miles of dead water,’” Burnett says. “People can’t drink it. The fish die. It’s real bad.”

Polluter-backed members of Congress are bent on putting forth an agenda that eviscerates vital safeguards, such as protections for clean water.

Last November, Americans did not go to polls to vote against protections for our air, water or health. But certain members of Congress backed by polluting industries have taken it upon themselves to unleash a whole new world of legislative attacks aimed at eviscerating our public safeguards.

The greater Los Angeles region has the dirtiest air in the nation, yet air regulators are falling down on the job.

Los Angeles area air regulators should be forcing polluters to cut their dangerous emissions. Instead, they want to shift the responsibility for cleaning up our air from those profiting from the pollution to those of us simply trying not to die from breathing it. Whether they get away with it will depend on a critical vote this coming week.

Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra

California’s Kamala Harris won decisively to replace Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate, and now Governor Jerry Brown has picked Congressman Xavier Becerra to take up Harris’ mantle as the state’s attorney general. This is good news for Californians because the state needs a smart and courageous legal mind to fill Harris’ shoes in the coming years. Becerra fits that bill to a tee.  

Scott Pruitt’s nomination is just the first of what will likely be many efforts by the incoming Trump administration to gut environmental health protections.

Never before has a person been nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency whose record is as antithetical to the agency’s mission as that of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. That’s why Earthjustice is standing alongside hundreds of other groups to demand that the Senate reject this nomination.   

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