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April 8, 2013 | Feature

From The Hill: An Exit Promise: Toxic Reform

The announcement by New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg that he would not seek reelection in 2014 is bittersweet. He is a longtime champion of protecting public health from toxic chemicals and will be missed. But before leaving, he promises to push through sweeping changes to our nation's toxics laws—a goal long-sought by Earthjustice.

April 5, 2013 | Feature

In Memory: Joan Mulhern

On December 18, 2012, Earthjustice lost its original Mountain Hero, senior legislative counsel Joan Mulhern, who passed away after a long illness. President Trip Van Noppen and Joan's friends and colleagues, remember her.

March 19, 2013 | Blog Post

Senate Showdown Over Health, Environment

Arsenic-infused drinking water, the risk of cancer, and the fear of being washed away by a flood of toxic sludge are a burden of concern for Americans living near more than 1,300 toxic coal ash dump sites.They have expressed their concerns through numerous letters to Congress, petitions, and more than 450,000 public comments to the Environmental Protect

March 14, 2013 | Blog Post

Bigger Threat: Asteroids or Climate Change?

The news that a meteorite exploded over Russia in February has captured the attention of U.S. lawmakers on the House Science Committee, which has scheduled a hearing on the subject for March 19.

February 26, 2013 | Blog Post

Looking Back at the Coal Tragedy At Buffalo Creek

Forty-one years ago, today, a dam holding 132 million gallons of toxic liquid coal waste ruptured high up in the mountains of West Virginia, loosing a tsunami-like death wave of coal waste and chemical sludge that destroyed 4,000 homes in 16 towns, injured more than 1,000 people, and killed 125. Seven bodies were never found. This remarkable Charleston Gazette series shares the stories of the people who were affected by this horrific tragedy.

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