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August 2016

Dispatches From The Frontlines

A few updates on Earthjustice's work, from Alaska to the Atlantic:

International Program Martin Wagner (Managing Attorney) & Noni Austin (Project Coordinator):
“Climate change has claimed another victim.”
One-quarter of the coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area—one of the world’s richest and most complex ecosystems—has died this year.

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Attorney, Mid-Pacific Regional Office Isaac Moriwake:
“The old social license for utilities to profit from the fossil fuel generation business, while passing all the costs onto customers, no longer works for our pocketbooks or our planet.”
On what's next after NextEra.

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Solar panels on the roof of the Kapiolani medical center parking garage in Oahu, Hawaii.
Matt Mallams for Earthjustice
Solar panels on the roof of the Kapiolani medical center parking garage in Oahu, Hawaiʻi.
Attorney, Northwest Regional Office Jan Hasselman:
“There have been shopping malls that have received more environmental review and Tribal consultation than this massive crude oil pipeline.”
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, represented by Earthjustice, has filed legal action against U.S. Army Corps for violating the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws.

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PåganWatch, Earthjustice Client Cinta M. Kaipat:
“We do not want to see it obliterated by the military.”
Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands, represented by Earthjustice, are challenging the destruction of their homeland by the U.S. Navy's live-fire war games.

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Attorney, Northwest Regional Office Kristen Boyles:
“How much risk should communities and the environment be expected to bear when the reward goes solely to a private corporation?”
On the marathon, five-week Tesoro-Savage trial. Find out why Earthjustice is uniquely able to handle this kind of complicated and extended trial.

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Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office Michael Hiatt:
“This decision is great news for Arizona families and small businesses that plan on going solar, and for everyone who breathes cleaner air as a result.”
The Arizona Corporation Commission has rejected unjust solar charges. It is one of five rate cases with major implications for solar power currently under way in the state.

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Research & Policy Analyst, California Regional Office Adenike Adeyeye:
“California is a gateway for goods moving across the Pacific Ocean to homes in the United States. … The environmental impacts of this busy system are astounding.”
On the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

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Wildlife Energy Conservation Fellow, NRDC Amanda Jahshan:
“What’s the point of a fracking chemical disclosure rule that allows the oil and gas industry to keep the chemicals they use secret?”
On a petition, filed on July 26, to reform Montana's fracking chemical disclosure rule. Earthjustice is representing a coalition led by Natural Resources Defense Council and Montana Environmental Information Center.

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Citizens for Clean Air, Earthjustice Client Patrice Lee:
“It is long past time to obey the law and clean up our air. Our lives and economy depend on it—breathing is not optional.
On the notification of intent to sue EPA for missing a third deadline in two years to address air pollution in a community with the worst spikes in fine particulate matter air pollution in the nation.

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Legislative Counsel, Policy & Legislation Raul Garcia:
“This guidance doubles-down on what numerous courts across the country have repeatedly ruled: Climate change, the fundamental environmental problem of our time, must be considered and addressed when government projects could significantly impact our communities.”
On the recently finalized National Environmental Policy Act climate change guidance.

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VP of Litigation for Lands, Oceans, Wildlife Drew Caputo:
“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Parks Service, we must not take our public lands for granted.”
The 100 Years Wild series explores the irreplaceable parts of our country’s landscape and spotlights ongoing threats they face.

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