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Don Harris

Earthjustice friends and family are mourning the passing of H. Donald Harris (Don), a retired lawyer and co-founder of Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund or SCLDF). Don served on the Earthjustice board for 35 years, from its inception until 2006, and was Chair from 1971 to 1989. A lifelong litigator, Don filed, tried and won the first case brought in the United States under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), preventing the concrete channelization of the Gila River in Arizona.

Fracking waste Kern County

Thirsty? How about a glass of frackwash from the tap? Don’t mind that little bit of arsenic swirling around like an invisible noose. For residents in central California’s Kern County, this is unfortunately the reality they face after a recent investigation found that nearly 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater containing toxins and carcinogens was injected into central California aquifers.

Los Angeles Smog

For years, doctors have been saying that the nation's standards for ozone pollution, more commonly called smog, aren't strong enough to protect kids, asthmatics, seniors and many others in communities throughout the nation. Thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks each year are linked to this form of pollution, which is created from the exhaust of power plants, factories, cars and trucks.

Arctic Refuge

Anyone who has ever stood in awe of a beautiful place, anyone who has ever felt humbled by the magnificence of nature, anyone who has ever been moved by the sight of an animal in the wild, and anyone who has ever wanted to save something precious -- anything precious -- should celebrate today. This is because yesterday, aboard Air Force One, the President announced a proposal to designate more than 12 million acres of the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

Elvia Vasquez

This is the sixth blog post in a series of personal stories from farm and agricultural workers, illustrating the need for stronger worker and safety protections against pesticide exposure. To get beyond the statistics of 10,000–20,000 pesticide poisonings on farms a year in this country, we go to the frontlines, beginning in California.

chemicals

After years of waiting, the EPA has announced it will update regulations of chemicals used in response to oil spills. This update couldn’t come soon enough. After all, as the world’s largest oil producer, it’s unlikely that the United States has seen the end of oil spill accidents.

An adult delta smelt.

The delta smelt is a fish that grows to no more than three inches in length, but over the years this threatened species has made big headlines in California’s dusty, water-rights battleground. One congressional representative, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is even on record as calling the smelt a “stupid little fish” that doesn’t deserve water (see video below). Recently, the Supreme Court dismissed such narrow-minded claims by denying a Big Ag-led attack against the smelt.

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