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Document October 2, 2023

ONC et al Appeal of State Water Rights Permits, Donlin Mine

Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) and the Native Village of Eek today filed an appeal in the Alaska Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding 12 state water rights permits for the Donlin Gold Mine project.

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Kuskokwim River provides a critical source of wild food and serves as a bedrock of identity and cultural values for Alaska Native Tribal citizens and community members living downstream from the Donlin mine site. (Dave Cannon)
Press Release October 2, 2023

Southwest Alaska Tribes File Two Separate State Appeals Challenging the Donlin Gold Mine

State of Alaska agencies failed to fully consider harmful impacts of the massive gold mine when issuing water permits and a water quality certificate

People walk along Park Avenue and Grand Central Terminal as they are covered in a haze from Canada wildfires on June 7, 2023 in New York City. (NDZ/STAR MAX/IPx via AP)
Article September 28, 2023

How We Can Preserve Breathable Air in a World on Fire

Increasing wildfires fueled by climate change unleash a toxic cocktail. Here’s how we can lessen their health impacts by strengthening clean air protections year-round and nationwide.

Press Release September 26, 2023

EPA Proposed Rule Leaves Trump-Era Air Toxics Loophole in Place

The proposed rule fails communities by allowing polluters to dodge requirements to control and monitor the most toxic pollutants

United States Supreme Court (front row L-R) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, (back row L-R) Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson pose for their official portrait at the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building on October 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
From the Experts September 26, 2023

Here’s What to Expect From the Supreme Court This Term

Recent environmental rulings from the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority have revealed a dangerous agenda, but we still have strong legal tools to protect people and the planet.

Whitney Gravelle, the president of the Bay Mills Indian Community, photographed in Mackinaw City, Michigan, near where the Line 5 pipeline runs under the Straits of Mackinac. (Sarah Rice for Earthjustice)
Press Release September 25, 2023

Over 60 Tribal Nations Side with AG Nessel in Line 5 Lawsuit

Amicus brief asks 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to remand Nessel v. Enbridge to state court

Document September 25, 2023

Nessel v. Enbridge 6th Circuit Amicus Brief

Over 60 Tribal Nations represented by Earthjustice and NARF ask 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to remand Nessel v. Enbridge to state court.

Press Release September 25, 2023

Earthjustice Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant Sewage Discharges into the Pacific Ocean

Hawai’i County must comply with the Clean Water Act to prevent discharged wastewater from contaminating Honokōhau Harbor

Press Release September 25, 2023

Colorado Industrial Greenhouse Gas Rule Fails to Sufficiently Reduce Pollution Near Impacted Communities

Air Quality Control Commission adopts GHG trading system over requirements for onsite reductions by polluters

Press Release September 25, 2023

Court Rejects Polluters’ Requests to Block EPA’s Good Neighbor Rule

Reductions in cross-state smog-forming emissions will go forward

Document September 25, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Denies Polluters Request Challenging EPA’s Good Neighbor Rule

Order denies the requests of states and industry groups to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Good Neighbor Rule.” The rule, designed to address cross-state air pollution and the adverse health effects of ozone pollution, also called smog, will improve public health and air quality.

Stikine River (Michael Penn)
Press Release September 21, 2023

Transboundary Mining in British Columbia May Violate Human Rights, Says Inter-American Commission

Petition from the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) addresses Canada’s failure to regulate and prevent threats from large-scale mining operations in British Columbia

Document September 18, 2023

IACHR Report on Admissibility for SEITC Petition

Decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to admit a petition from Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC), alleging that Canada’s failure to regulate and prevent threats from large-scale mining operations in British Columbia constitutes a violation of SEITC member Tribes’ internationally recognized human rights.

Document September 18, 2023

Earthjustice Deadline Lawsuit for EPA Missing Polyether Polyol Air Toxics Deadlines

This lawsuit explains clients reasons for suing the Environmental Protection Agency for missing its statutory deadline to review its polyether polyols air toxic rule.

Press Release September 18, 2023

Environmental Groups Sue EPA to Limit Cancerous Air Pollution from Chemical Manufacturing Plants

Plants manufacturing polyether polyols release the carcinogen ethylene oxide and are concentrated in Texas, West Virginia, and Louisiana

Press Release September 14, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds EPA’s Move to Recognize State and Tribal Authority Under Clean Water Act

EPA’s final rule corrects a Trump era rollback and brings clarity to state and Tribal authority to protect water quality

Park visitors walk along a section of Great Salt Lake that used to be underwater at Great Salt Lake State Park on August 2, 2021, near Magna, Utah. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Article September 13, 2023

We’re Suing to Save the Great Salt Lake From Going to Dust

If the lake continues to shrink, 2.5 million people could wind up breathing in toxic dust from the newly exposed lakebed.

What open-pit gold mining looks like: Barrick Goldstrike Mines' Betze-Post Pit near Carlin, Nev., is one of the largest gold mines in the world. The open pit is so large that it is visible from space. (Adella Harding / Elko Daily Free Press via AP)
Press Release September 12, 2023

Biden Administration Working Group Recommendations Offer First Step to Protect Communities, Environment from Destructive Mining

Administration, Congress should strengthen regulations, reform outdated mining laws