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July 15, 2014 | Legal Document

Legal Petition: Community Leaders, Advocates Call on Secretary of Transportation To Ban Use of Hazardous Rail Cars

Today, two national environmental organizations filed a formal legal petition to compel the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue an emergency order prohibiting the use of hazardous rail cars — known as DOT-111s — for shipping flammable Bakken crude oil. The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly found that the DOT-111 tank cars are prone to puncture on impact, spilling oil and often triggering destructive fires and explosions. The Safety Board has made official recommendations to stop shipping crude oil in these hazardous tank cars, but the federal regulators have not heeded these pleas.

July 14, 2014 | Feature

Q & A About the Legal Petition to Ban DOT-111s Carrying Bakken Crude Oil

What action did the petitioners take? Today, two conservation organizations, Sierra Club and Forest Ethics, filed a formal legal petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) demanding that the agency issue an emergency order prohibiting the use of unsafe rail cars— known as DOT-111s—to carry Bakken crude oil and other similarly explosive crudes. In September 2013, DOT initiated a process that will likely result in a phase-out of DOT-111s and other dangerous rail cars.

July 14, 2014 | Blog Post

A Win For Roadless Forest, Climate

It was a good day in court for Earthjustice and our clients after four years of fighting to protect the roadless forest in western Colorado from a coal mine that would deal a double whammy of damage through road construction and millions of tons of climate pollution. 

The Sunset Roadless Area is a 5,800-acre area within the Gunnison National Forest that provides great backcountry hiking and hunting, as well as habitat for goshawk, black bear, elk, and the imperiled lynx.

July 14, 2014 | Blog Post

Carbon Nation: Upping the Ante on EPA’s Carbon Cutting Goals

Last month, we celebrated EPA's announcement that it is proposing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's biggest contributors to climate change.  After years of paralysis in Washington, there is a real prospect of national action on climate that will shrink the U.S. carbon footprint and set the stage for more productive international negotiations in Paris, where the president may now arrive with new leverage and even some moral authority for a change.

July 11, 2014 | Blog Post

Oceans Law Reauthorization Process Begins

Legislation nicknamed as "The Empty Oceans Act"—because it threatens protections for marine species—is the first attempt by Congress to update this nation's most important oceans law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

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 11, 2014 | Advocacy Campaign

Protecting People From Pesticides

Farmworkers grow and harvest the food we eat every day. They don't deserve to be poisoned. Stand with our farmworkers for stronger protections from pesticides.

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