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July 11, 2014 | Legal Document

Court Decision: Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities

A federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large coalition of citizen groups in upholding an Obama administration policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the National Mining Association, the State of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and other coal industry groups, who brought the case against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 8, 2014 | Reference

Infographic: The Hidden Cost of Our Nation's Oil Refineries

7 million Americans live near oil refineries. 20,000 tons of pollutants are released by refineries each year, without proper safeguards. Cancer, heart disease, and other health problems are caused by refineries' pollutants. Learn about the problem—and the four concrete steps that can solve the nation's oil refinery problem. (PDF)

July 8, 2014 | Feature

Infographic: The Hidden Cost of Our Nation's Oil Refineries

7 million Americans live near oil refineries. 20,000 tons of pollutants are released by refineries each year, without proper safeguards. Learn about the problem—and the four concrete steps that can solve the nation's oil refinery problem.

June 30, 2014 | Legal Document

Court Filing: Clean Air Groups Challenge Deficient Pennsylvania Haze Plan

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of Pennsylvania’s deficient plan to reduce air pollution. The Commonwealth’s regional haze plan requires no emission reductions from any of its 33 coal-fired power plants or factories, the major sources of hazy, unhealthful air in our parks and neighborhoods.

June 30, 2014 | Press Release: Victory

U.S. Court of Appeals Throws Out Dangerous Loopholes for Burning Hazardous Waste

On June 27, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out two loopholes that were issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exemptions that deregulated the storage, transportation, and  burning of hazardous wastes under the nation’s hazardous waste management law. The groups that successfully challenged these exemptions were Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club, and Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN).

June 26, 2014 | Letter

Definition of Solid Waste Rule Letter to Obama Administration

195 public interest organizations and individuals from 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, write to express united support for a final Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule that protects health, environment and livelihood from hazardous waste released from recycling operations.

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