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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.
August 11, 2014 | Action Alert

Powerful Opportunity to Stop Pebble Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed restrictions that would limit development of the Pebble ore deposit in Alaska. This is a good move by the EPA to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay, home to wildlife and world-class salmon runs.

August 11, 2014 | Job Post

Associate Attorney

The Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice is seeking an associate attorney to join its staff in the Fall of 2014. This position is for two to three years, although it may be extended, consistent with office staffing needs, in the case of exceptionally qualified applicants with demonstrated progress and ability.

August 11, 2014 | Legal Document

Court Filing: Groups Sue EPA for Letting Polluters Pass the Bill for Their Spills to the Public

Earthjustice on behalf of Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra Club, Amigos Bravos, Great Basin Resource Watch, and Communities for a Better Environment filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue key rules mandated by the Superfund Act (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA).

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