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In the News: Los Angeles Times April 12, 2024

‘It’s environmental racism’: Monterey County sued over farm chemicals near mostly Latino schools

Greg Loarie, Attorney, California Office: “Parents and teachers certainly have a right to know when toxic pesticides are being sprayed right next to their schools, and this process needs to be public and needs to be meaningful. What we really want, at the end of the day, is we want the poisoning to stop. We…

A worker in a steel mill checking the flow of molten steel before the casting process in Southern California.  (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
From the Experts April 11, 2024

From Ice Cream to Glass to Steel, California Needs to Think Big on Industrial Electrification

It’s time for the largest manufacturing hub in the country to develop a blueprint for zero emissions. Legislation like AB 2083 can get us there.

(Thomas Barwick / Getty Images)
Press Release: Victory April 9, 2024

D.C. Circuit Upholds Reinstatement of California Clean Air Act Waiver in Ohio v. EPA

California leads the nation in securing emissions reductions in the transportation sector.

document April 4, 2024

Monterey Fumigant Petition

Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, Safe Ag Safe Schools, Center for Farmworker Families, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and Californians for Pesticide Reform petition for judicial review of six permits allowing the use of highly toxic, restricted pesticides near three schools in the Pajaro Valley area of Monterey County.

A farmworker harvesting strawberries in Salinas, about 20 miles from the Pajaro Valley. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release April 4, 2024

Teachers, Community Groups, and Farmworkers File Lawsuit Challenging Toxic Pesticide Approvals Near Public Schools in Monterey County

Regulators are failing to protect children from repeat exposure to the most dangerous pesticides

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 March 20, 2024

EPA Drives the Transportation Sector Forward with New Car Pollution Standards

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

In the News: Canary Media March 12, 2024

California’s biofuel bias is hampering its EV future. Can that change?

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, Right to Zero: “We’ve got to eliminate our reliance on combustion. The program as designed will continue to provide lucrative incentives for combustible fuels well into the future. The stakes are very, very high.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom is seen while visiting the community destroyed by the Dixie Fire in Greenville, California in 2021. (Stephen Lam / The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
From the Experts March 12, 2024

California Plans to Waste $27 Billion Bankrolling a Polluters’ Paradise

With the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, California would be locked in to waste $27 billion in climate dollars on dirty fuels over the next decade. It’s up to Governor Newsom to fix it.

A beekeeper checks on hives pollinating an orchard in California. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating many of our super-foods, including berries, nuts, and avocados. Earthjustice is working on many pesticide-related cases to protect bees, the environment, and people who may be exposed to toxic chemicals. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory March 12, 2024

Bee-Killing Insecticide Sulfoxaflor To Remain Off Shelves in California

Court of Appeal lets stand lower court’s decision invalidating California’s approval of insecticide that causes colony collapse

Alyssa Anderson, a second-generation beekeeper, works with bee hives in a California orchard. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Update: Victory March 12, 2024

Beekeepers Triumph Against Deadly Insecticide

A California court ruled in favor of beekeepers represented by Earthjustice, shielding pollinators from the pesticide sulfoxaflor.

Press Release: Victory March 8, 2024

Permisos Para Proyectos de Petróleo y Gas del Condado de Kern Son Ilegales, Dictamina Corte de California

La revisión ambiental del condado nuevamente se considera ilegal y se suspenden permisos locales

Pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, California in 2015.
(Jae C. Hong / AP)
Press Release: Victory March 7, 2024

California Court Rules Kern County Oil, Gas Permitting Scheme Illegal

County’s environmental review again deemed unlawful, local permitting halted

document March 1, 2024

Comments on Draft EIR for Carbon TerraVault I

On behalf of Center for Biological Diversity, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, and Sierra Club, we are writing to submit the following comments regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Carbon TerraVault I Project for carbon capture and storage in the Elk Hills oil field. These comments are offered to ensure that Kern County complies with the California Environmental Quality Act and CEQA Guidelines in its consideration of the CTV I Project.

(James Olstein for Earthjustice)
feature February 28, 2024

Right To Zero: Building a Zero-emissions Future

We’re creating a zero-emissions reality from coast to coast.

staff February 26, 2024

Firenze Rodríguez

Firenze Rodríguez is a senior litigation assistant based out of the California regional office, where they provide litigation support to the office’s attorneys. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Firenze worked as a litigation paralegal at Powers Taylor LLP, a plaintiff’s medical malpractice firm in Dallas, Texas. Firenze is a NALA Certified Paralegal (CP) and holds an…

Trucks and train cars carrying shipping containers line up at the Port of Oakland in California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
From the Experts February 22, 2024

A Common-sense Guide to Port Management: More people-centered policies, less pandering

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement misses the mark by convening hearings on the impact of freight while focusing almost exclusively on industry needs.

Kids play soccer near the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington, Calif. (Hannah Benet for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory February 12, 2024

Environmental Groups, SCAQMD Reach Settlement to Adopt Rule that Could Financially Penalize Major Polluters

Major polluters could finally be held responsible for Southern California’s dirty air

In the News: Los Angeles Times February 4, 2024

Los Angeles smog woes worsen as U.S. EPA threatens to reject local pollution plan

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Office: “The plan to meet our clean air standards relied on these faith-based assumptions that we’ll figure out how to reduce the pollution at a later time. And what ended up happening is we never figured it out.”