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August 13, 2014 | Press Release

Obama Administration Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides. A coalition of conservation organizations, advocates for alternatives to pesticides, and fishing groups cheered the victory. These groups brought a lawsuit to demand reasonable fish protections from the insecticides, some of which are derived from nerve toxins developed during World War II.

August 13, 2014 | Blog Post

Communities Near Oil Refineries Must Demand Cleaner Air

In Port Arthur Texas, home to eight oil and chemical industrial sites, the egg-like, putrid smell of toxic chemicals spews from oil refinery smokestacks every hour of every day.

That stench stands as a reminder to the people who live there that what they smell and breathe is, indeed, making them sick.

August 13, 2014 | Blog Post

A Rejuvenating Display of Ocean Abundance

In the fight to protect the health of our planet and of our communities, we all need sweet moments of inspiration to refuel and rejuvenate us. I’ve just had one in Monterey Bay, California.

August 12, 2014 | Legal Document

Court Decision: Federal Court Strikes Down Illegal Permit for Avenal Power Plant in California

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down an illegal permit that would have allowed Avenal Power to build a new gas-fired power plant in Avenal, Calif. In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a permit for the project that illegally waived its need to comply with air quality safeguards. Had this permit gone through, the plant would have been built in one of the most polluted and economically disadvantaged areas of the San Joaquin Valley. In today’s ruling, the court admonished the agency, saying the applicable Clean Air Act statute “does not permit EPA to waive … requirements whenever it finds it convenient to do so.”

August 12, 2014 | Case

Stopping A Massive Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine

EPA vetoed a permit for what would have been one of the largest mountaintop removal mines in history. Industry challenged this historic action, but Earthjustice stepped in to defend West Virginians and their environment.

August 12, 2014 | Case

Ending the Use of Vinclozolin

Earthjustice successfully challenged the U.S. EPA’s approval of a toxic pesticide called vinclozolin.

August 12, 2014 | Blog Post

Radioactive Redux Near Colorado River

As World War II ended and the Cold War heated up, the American military (and later, utilities) propelled a uranium rush in America’s southwest, creating a toxic legacy for the Navajo Nation.


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