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A coal ash pond at the Duke Energy Cape Fear Plant that has been here since 1985.

Coal ash is a nationwide problem and is responsible for high-profile drinking water contamination, air pollution and public health threats. On July 28, Earthjustice Legislative Representative Andrea Delgado sat down with Buenos Dias D.C host Nestor Bravo on Univision in Washington, D.C. to explain what coal ash is, where it comes from, why we need regulations to protect communities and the opposition these safeguards face in Congress. Nearly 70 percent of coal ash waste ponds are located in communities of color and low-income communities.

El Papa Francisco durante su visita a Nápoles, Italia.

Tengo amigos ateos, o sea que tienen una relación espiritual con la Tierra y otros que no aceptan la noción de la existencia de un Dios. No nos juzgamos unos a otros; simplemente convivimos respetuosamente en esto que llamamos vida. Ellos, al igual que yo, nos permitimos ser guiados por nuestra conciencia y ética y actuamos de manera justa.

Department of Defense tug boats pull Shell's stranded Kulluk oil rig off of the Alaska coast.

In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expressed his concerns surrounding Arctic oil and gas drilling. The letter has been gaining momentum since being released to the public and coincidentally was sent the same day the U.S. Department of the Interior opened the gate for risky oil drilling in the remote and iconic Arctic Ocean.

Jack Smith speaks to the Port of Seattle commissioners on March 24

“Your child, my grandchild and the unborn grandchild of our grandchildren are going to live with what we do to this society.”

Those were Seattleite Jack Smith’s words to the Port of Seattle’s five commissioners on March 24, minutes before the port re-affirmed its two-year lease with Foss Maritime. In a motion that could be described as too little, too late, the port added a 30-day public comment period for future leases after getting pushback for signing the last lease without the public’s knowledge.

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