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October 30, 2015 | Feature

Righting Civil Wrongs

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the few enforceable civil rights laws that cover environmental actions. And from California to Michigan, low-income communities of color have been waiting years for the EPA to take a stand against environmental racism.

July 20, 2015 | Feature

Map: Crude-by-Rail Across America

Railroad shipments of volatile crude oil into America's cities have dramatically increased, with explosive results. See a map of major crude oil train accidents since 2012—and the communities that are fighting back.

September 16, 2014 | Feature

Firefighters Turn Up The Heat On Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are among more than 80,000 chemicals on the market that have not been adequately tested for health and safety. They have received increased scrutiny for their potential health impacts on firefighters, as well as on the general public.

June 20, 2014 | Feature

Dryden: The Town That Changed The Fracking Game

When the oil and gas industry came to the small town of Dryden, NY, with plans to start fracking, things didn’t turn out quite how they expected. Find out how a group of neighbors turned the tables on a powerful industry—and changed the fracking game forever. View the photo essay.

February 8, 2017 | In the News: Times Union

Oil Terminal In Albany Rebuffs State Demand For Environmental Answers

Chris Amato, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "Global's defiant response, in which the company flatly refuses to take any of the actions ordered by DEC, makes clear that the company intends to continue flouting the law and ignoring the impacted community. We call on DEC to take all necessary steps to protect the citizens of Albany from Global's rogue operation."

February 8, 2017 | In the News: Courthouse News

Trump’s Curb of U.S. Rulemaking Challenged in Court

Peter Lehner, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice: “[Trump] is effectively trying to amend a lot of statutes without going through the legislative process ... What it will do is it will make it virtually impossible, or at least very difficult, for agencies to move forward with safeguards and protections for people ... It’s actually not in the United States’ economic interest to have people die in car crashes or be sick because of what they breathe or getting harmed in their workplace.”

February 7, 2017 | In the News: Courthouse News

Lawmakers Spar Over ‘Making the EPA Great Again’

Tyler Smith, Staff Scientist, Earthjustice: “We need to be very clear about what [the Secret Science Reform Act] is all about. We need to move beyond wonky explanations that its supporters provide and talk about how this bill will prevent the EPA from protecting children with asthma or protecting them from toxic pesticides ... The reality is that industry is trying to use transparency to cover up the health risks posed by toxic chemicals.”

February 7, 2017 | In the News: Detroit News

Obama’s EPA Finds Bias In Flint Power Plant Case

Jonathan Smith, Attorney, Earthjustice: “This is actually the second time in history that we know of that EPA has issued preliminary findings of discrimination in response to one of these Title VI complaints. It’s sort of baffling why it would take 10 or 20 years to rule on a lot of these things.”

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