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video February 21, 2024

To: The Biden Administration. From: Kids

Celia, Cymone, Jonathan, and many other kids from across the United States shared with the Biden administration why they need clean air. On Feb. 7, 2024, the Biden administration answered — with new protections from the deadly air pollutant soot that will prevent nearly a million asthma episodes and save thousands of lives.

North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Campbell County, Wyoming. (Ecoflight)
Press Release February 21, 2024

Ninth Circuit Decision Throws Out Coal Leasing Challenge

Northern Cheyenne Tribe and conservation groups urge Interior Department to act on coal

Document February 21, 2024

Ninth Circuit Coal Leasing Moratorium Decision

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lawsuit from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and conservation groups that had successfully reinstated the Obama-era coal leasing moratorium is moot.

Press Release February 21, 2024

Corte Suprema Escucha Solicitud Extraordinaria Para Bloquear Nuevo Plan de Smog de la EPA

El futuro del Plan del Buen Vecino es incierto, con implicaciones para la salud pública y la prosperidad económica

In the News: CNN February 21, 2024

Supreme Court signals skepticism over Biden ‘good neighbor’ smog plan

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “Polluting industries always challenge pollution regulations because it costs them money to protect our health. We’re hoping that a few members of the court’s right-wing supermajority will remember that they shouldn’t be second-guessing sound judgments about what’s best for our kids’ lungs.”

Ozone is a type of pollution formed from the exhaust of power plants, factories, cars and trucks. (Tatiana Grozetskaya / Shutterstock)
Press Release February 21, 2024

SCOTUS Hears Extraordinary Request to Block EPA’s New Smog Plan

The future of the Good Neighbor Plan is uncertain, with implications for public health and economic prosperity

The U.S. Supreme Court. (Phil Roeder / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release February 21, 2024

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Cross-State Ozone Pollution

Blocking the Good Neighbor Plan would be extraordinarily harmful

Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Because electric vehicles are more efficient in converting energy to power cars and trucks, electricity across the board is cleaner and cheaper as a fuel for vehicles, even when that electricity comes from the dirtiest grid. (Mecky / Getty Images)
Update February 21, 2024

The EPA Must Hold the Line on the Strongest Car Pollution Standards Ever

Here’s what the standards would do for health and climate.

In the News: Honolulu Civil Beat February 20, 2024

Proposed HECO Bailout Bill Could Force The Utility Company To Restructure

Isaac Moriwake, Managing Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office: “I appreciate what the legislators are trying to do here in stepping up and protecting the ratepayer and public and adding some balance to a deal that was originally stacked 100% in the utility’s favor.”

In the News: Indianapolis Star February 20, 2024

EPA: Cancer risk from coal ash higher than previously revealed. Could it be in your yard?

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: “Nothing prevents power plants from moving radioactive waste from their own backyards into the backyards and neighborhoods where American families live.”

In the News: USA Today February 20, 2024

Good neighbor? Polluting states want Supreme Court to pause Biden’s plan to reduce smog

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “The Supreme Court’s taken a particular and distressing interest in environmental laws. It’s sort of saying, `Look, these things are guilty until proven innocent.’ And that’s a new way for courts to be treating environmental regulations.”

In the News: Inside Climate News February 20, 2024

Enbridge Wants Line 5 Shutdown Order Overturned on Tribal Land in Northern Wisconsin

Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office: “It would really limit the ability of state governments and tribal nations and others to protect the interests that have been widely accepted for many years. If you can’t protect your land from a trespass because of the oil pipelines, what’s the point of having your own land?”

Female panther at the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County.
(Tim Donovan / Florida Fish & Wildlife)
Update February 20, 2024

Florida’s Wetlands Win Protections in Court

The ruling halts two massive development projects that would have disturbed the last remaining habitat of the critically endangered Florida panther.

In the News: Hawaii News Now February 20, 2024

More transparency sought in effort to ensure Maui wildfire survivors have water access

Elena Bryant, Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office: “Our interest here is making sure we are not heading into another plantation disaster capitalism situation, and we are here to help you makaala and ensure everything is pono given that you are truly our kahuwai pono [water rights guardians].”

staff February 20, 2024

Adriana Antezana

Adriana Antezana is a staff scientist in the Toxic Exposure & Health Program.

View of the Tulsequah River, looking east towards the confluence with Taku River.
(Photo courtesy of Chris Miller / Trout Unlimited)
Press Release February 19, 2024

Alaska Tribes facing BC mining threat ask for international hearing

SEITC briefs the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights on Canada’s violations

Document February 19, 2024

SEITC Observations on the Merits of BC Mines Case

A group of Alaska Tribes with roots along Canada’s transboundary rivers, the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC), submitted a brief to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights requesting a hearing on the looming threats of several risky and under-regulated gold mines in British Columbia.

In the News: Kenosha News February 16, 2024

In race to prevent lead in our drinking water, who is being left behind?

Suzanne Novak, Attorney, Northeast Office: “If we don’t prohibit charging a customer, we may very well end up with a two-tiered system, where wealthier communities, which are disproportionately white, will have more of their lead service lines replaced than in other communities.”