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July 17, 2014

Flora Champenois

Flora Champenois is a litigation assistant in the Northeast regional office's Philadelphia, PA location.

July 17, 2014 | Blog Post

EPA Ears Filled With Toxic Refinery Stories

On a sunny Wednesday in Wilmington, California, this week, instead of spending the day at work or taking their kids to the beach, community members gathered to tell the Environmental Protection Agency what it is like living near large oil refineries. The stories kept pouring in; children who were too sick to be allowed outside, explosions that send neighbors scurrying to safety, a pre-school teacher explaining how she has to evacuate her kids when the odors get too strong, and parents who can’t afford the medicine their kids need.

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.

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