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March 21, 2013 | Feature

Water Wars: Q&A with Attorney Jennifer Chavez

Attorney Jennifer Chavez discusses Earthjustice's work on water issues, from cleaning up the Anacostia River in our nation's capital, to combating stormwater pollution and toxic algae outbreaks.

March 15, 2013 | Blog Post

Stacking the Halls of Justice

Over the past four years, the federal halls of justice have been left partially hollow as the number of judicial vacancies in the federal courts continues to mount—due to foot-dragging on nominations and partisan filibuster once nominations are made. These vacancies hobble the courts’ ability to do their core work, which includes determining the fate of our most important environmental protections.

March 15, 2013 | Blog Post

Fracking Safeguard Bills Introduced

Over the past few decades—with the help of Congress—Big Oil and Gas successfully chipped away at our bedrock environmental laws, carving out special exemptions for the fossil fuel drilling industry. In 1987, when Congress decided to implement new standards to control stormwater runoff pollution under the Clean Water Act, oil and gas companies got a pass. And in 1990 when the Clean Air Act was expanded to allow for control of more toxic air pollutants, the same industry got another pass.

March 13, 2013 | Legal Document

Spruce Appeal Amicus Brief

Amici curiae brief filed by Earthjustice, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of the Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia.

March 11, 2013 | Blog Post

Unplugged: Clothes Dryers Need Labels, Too

Few household appliances use as much energy or get replaced as rarely as clothes dryers. And unlike with most other household appliances, you won’t learn this when you are shopping for a new model.

The typical dryer uses more energy than the typical refrigerator, clothes washer, or dishwasher. But unlike all three of those products, dryers do not have to display yellow-and-black Energy Guide labels disclosing their energy costs.

March 8, 2013 | Blog Post

Michigan State U Must Be Greener Than Spartan Deep

My favorite aunt became a dean at Michigan State back in the early 1980’s. She was a role model for us all, assuming a level of power and influence that most women—especially African American women—had not been able access at that time. She, like many other students and faculty at the time, enjoyed the campus and resources it provided. But what she didn’t know was that the water that she drank, bathed in and used for cooking and cleaning and cleaning, may have been poisoned by toxic coal ash.