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September 2016

Dispatches From The Frontlines

Take a moment to catch up with a few updates on Earthjustice's work:

Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Earthjustice Client David Archambault II:
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to explore all legal, legislative, and administrative options to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline has already led to the destruction of our sacred sites.”
On September 12, the Tribe filed a request for an injunction pending appeal. Meanwhile, the District Court litigation will move forward.
Young supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Image courtesy of RezpectOurWater
A young supporter of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Senior Associate Attorney, Northern Rockies Office Katherine O’Brien:
“If we are going to fulfill the promise offered by the Endangered Species Act, we cannot let our last, best places for threatened wildlife wind up on the rubble pile.”
A summer visit gives a glimpse of places that could be forever altered by the Montanore Mine.

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Associate Attorney, Oceans Program Brettny Hardy:
“This isn’t the time to skimp on analysis and simply hope for the best.”
A short guide to the first laboratory-created animal approved for human consumption: genetically engineered salmon.

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Senior Associate Attorney, Northeast Office Hannah Chang:
“These organizations want people to know that lead exposure is irreversibly damaging people’s health in communities all over the country and they want EPA to do its job to protect children from harm.”
A coalition of national and regional groups, represented by Earthjustice, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update standards that protect families against neurotoxic lead-based paint and lead dust.

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Vice President of Litigation, Climate & Energy Abigail Dillen:
“I have been working so long on climate and energy issues, the concept that climate change should transcend partisan politics strikes me as a fresh idea.”
Ten thoughts from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska.

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Associate Attorney, California Office Oscar Espino-Padron:
“We’ve created a waste disposal and management system that sanitizes the truth about what really happens after our trash is picked up—we simply toss it and forget it.”
One California city is falling behind the rest of the state and the nation in transitioning to a zero-waste future.

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Staff Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office David Henkin:
“Our hope is that this settlement served as notice to other developers about the importance of complying with these laws from the beginning of a project.”
Citizen enforcement secures stream restoration and reef protection on Kauaʻi, 14 years after Earthjustice filed suit.

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Sr. Research & Policy Analyst, International Program Jessica Lawrence:
“While there have been both successes and setbacks everywhere, the fight against coal in Bangladesh is particularly urgent and distressing.”
The governments of India and Bangladesh are repressing coal protesters, even as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature holds the World Conservation Congress.

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Staff Attorney, California Office Greg Loarie:
“A management plan for BLM land in central California that doesn’t address fracking is like an emergency plan for San Francisco that doesn’t address earthquakes.”
Legal victory overturns federal plan to open one million acres of California public land to drilling and fracking.

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Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Office Emma Cheuse:
“As clean energy leads the way and coal turns into a dinosaur industry, at every step we must be vigilant to prevent coal companies from using the bankruptcy process to escape responsibility for the devastating harm they cause to communities, waterways, and other natural areas in Appalachia and beyond.”
On the decision to replace self-bonding with stronger protections in the Arch coal bankruptcy reorganization.

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Associate Attorney, Clean Energy Program Sara Gersen:
“We want everyone to have a real opportunity to go solar and will continue to pursue all options for putting clean energy back within reach for those Nevadans who haven’t yet gone solar but aspire to one day.”
Court overturns solar rate hike for existing customers.

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