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May 1, 2013 | Case

Protecting The Public From Coal Mine Pollution

Coal mine pollution is dangerous and can be deadly—it’s also controllable. Earthjustice sued the EPA over its failure to protect public health and the environment from this threat.

May 1, 2013 | In the News: Environment News Service

Petition to human rights commission says Canada must reduce soot emissions

The Arctic Athabaskan Council has filed a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights declaring that Canada’s failure to adequately regulate black carbon emissions is infringing on the rights of indigenous people. Black carbon releases fine particulate matter, or soot, into the atmosphere that absorbs heat and accelerates Arctic warming. The ensuing climate changes significantly hinder indigenous lifestyles, and the petition requests a review and report with recommendations for regulation to the Canadian government.

May 1, 2013 | In the News: The Charleston Gazette

Appeals court backs EPA’s veto of Spruce Mine

A federal court overturned a lower court decision that had denied the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to reject a permit for the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. The decision upholds the agency’s veto power on permits for projects that pose a severe environmental threat and prevents that mine from aggravating Appalachian mountaintop removal. "Today's decision is a total vindication of the Clean Water Act and EPA's vital authority to protect all American communities from all kinds of environmental harm," said Earthjustice attorney Emma Cheuse.

April 29, 2013 | Blog Post

Goldman Prize Winners: Making a Difference

It is easy sometimes to feel like the problems of the world are just too large for any one person to tackle. Whether it is a global issue like climate change or more local struggles against ancient coal plants polluting the neighborhood, it feels like there are always powerful interests standing in the way. That’s why I am thankful for the Goldman Environmental Prize because it shows us just how incredible a difference one caring person can make.

April 25, 2013 | Case

Challenging A Retrofit Of The Aging Gallatin Coal Plant

Earthjustice is challenging a Tennessee utility’s decision to sink more than a billion dollars into extending the life of an ancient coal plant rather than invest in energy efficiency and renewables—an alternative that local ratepayers overwhelmingly support.