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Everyone has The Right To Breathe clean air. Watch a video featuring Earthjustice Attorney Jim Pew and two Pennsylvanians—Marti Blake and Martin Garrigan—who know firsthand what it means to live in the shadow of a coal plant's smokestack, breathing in daily lungfuls of toxic air for more than two decades.

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives. Coal ash is the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned. Dumped into unlined ponds or mines, the toxins readily leach into drinking water supplies. Watch the video above and take action to support federally enforceable safeguards for coal ash disposal.

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03 February 2010, 4:43 PM
Agribusiness in court to seize Sacramento water from fish and fishermen

Yesterday (Feb. 2), Westlands Water District—California's largest and most politically powerful agribusiness group—asked a federal judge to block a federal salmon restoration plan that protects salmon and other fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Earthjustice attorneys, who won a court order in 2008 putting the restoration plan in place, were there to defend it. Westland's move could put the survival of the river's salmon—and California and Oregon's multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational salmon fishing industry—on the line. The judge will announce his decision next week.

Westlands wants to end restrictions on the operation of huge delta water pumps and canals from February through May, when baby salmon migrate from the Sacramento River to the ocean.

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19 January 2010, 12:03 PM
New video looks at political threats to Sac. River salmon

Salmon Water Now, a collaboration between fishermen and media professionals, works to raise awareness of the plight of wild salmon, salmon fishermen, and coastal communities dependent on healthy freshwater flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

The partnership's latest video, "Science, Politics, and Salmon," describes how a toxic mix of big agribusiness money and politics is working in an unholy alliance to reverse a federal salmon restoration plan won in a court order by Earthjustice. The unholy alliance covets the water needed to support the abundant Sacramento River salmon runs that once formed the backbone of the fishing industry in California and Oregon.

It's worth seeing. You can watch it after the jump.

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