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document May 17, 2024

Joint Motion to Intervene to Defend Bristol Bay Against the Pebble Mine

A coalition of 15 conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Trustees for Alaska filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision that protects Bristol Bay from harmful mines, like the proposed Pebble Mine, under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.

Attorney John Petoskey and activist Theresa Landrum on a tour of hazardous industrial sites in the Detroit Metro area encompassing Southwest Detroit, Delray, and River Rouge, for Earthjustice staff.
Press Release: Victory May 21, 2024

Federal Judge Names DTE a Defendant in SW Detroit Pollution Case

Residents impacted by EES Coke’s illegal emissions celebrate the ruling

The Bristol Bay area of Alaska, where the proposed Pebble Mine threatens both one of the largest salmon spawning grounds in the world and the way of life for an entire area. (Pat Clayton / Fish Eye Guy Photography)
Press Release May 17, 2024

Conservation Groups Defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Decision on the Proposed Pebble Mine

Earthjustice and NRDC join with Trustees for Alaska on behalf of 15 groups to defend Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine

Sockeye salmon race through the Alagnak River in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed.
(Photo courtesy of Fish Eye Guy Photography)
Update May 20, 2024

Earthjustice Returns to Court to Protect Huge Win Against Proposed Pebble Mine

The proposed mine would destroy nearly 100 miles of fish stream habitat and 2,100 acres of wetlands, lakes, and ponds.

document April 26, 2024

Great Salt Lake: Combined Opposition – Response to Motions to Dismiss

Conservation groups file a 135-page response to the numerous motions to dismiss in the Great Salt Lake lawsuit.

document April 25, 2024

Motion to Intervene: Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument

Conservation groups filed a motion to intervene in defense of President Biden’s designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona.

View of Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. (Nick Pedersen / Getty Images)
Press Release May 6, 2024

Three-Dozen Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Support of Great Salt Lake Lawsuit

Professors argue public trust doctrine requires the state to intervene on excessive water use

The Development Driller III in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. (Gerald Herbert / AP)
Press Release March 13, 2024

Gulf, Alaska, and Environmental Groups File Motion to Intervene in Oil Industry Lawsuit Against Interior Department’s Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan

Groups aim to defend against industry efforts to maximize offshore drilling in public waters

A view of the northwest section of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Press Release April 25, 2024

Conservation Groups Defend Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument, Antiquities Act

Motion to intervene filed in support of President Biden’s monument designation near Grand Canyon

document March 13, 2024

Motion to Intervene in Oil Industry Lawsuit Against Interior Department’s Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan

Gulf, Alaska, and environmental groups filed a motion to intervene in an oil industry lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s Five-Year Program for offshore oil-and-gas leasing — to prevent industry from grabbing even more public waters for profit.

In the News: Inside Climate News May 19, 2024

In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ Excitement Over New Emissions Rules Is Tempered By a Legal Challenge to Federal Environmental Justice Efforts

Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office: “It’s just another attack on one of the most important civil rights, environmental justice tools under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. It’s not a coincidence that the states who signed onto this petition have problematic records of allowing industrial activity to harm low-income communities of color. And…

document January 30, 2024

Motion to Intervene to Defend Tongass Roadless Rule

A broad coalition of Alaska Native Tribes, commercial fishers, small tourism businesses, conservation groups, and other forest advocates are seeking to defend the reinstatement of National Roadless Rule protections across the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska by intervening in several legal challenges opposing the rule.

A flare burns in a California oil field.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 13, 2024

Health, Environmental, Community Groups Move to Defend EPA Oil and Gas Methane Standards in Court

EPA’s oil and gas methane standards are firmly rooted in science and the law

Workmen prepare to replace old water pipes with new copper pipes in Newark, New Jersey in 2021. The city replaced nearly all of its 23,000 lead service lines with new copper pipes. (Seth Wenig / AP)
Article March 11, 2024

This Toxic Metal is Still Contaminating Our Drinking Water. Is Change Coming?

Lead-contaminated water continues to plague many U.S. cities and rural areas alike, but a renewed focus by the federal government and state-based efforts offer hope for finally dealing with this nationwide crisis.

document November 6, 2023

Earthjustice motion to intervene to defend FERC Order No. 2023

Southwest Power Pool, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, PJM, FirstEnergy, PacifiCorp, and Florida Power & Light want Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to gut important provisions of its proposed interconnection rule, Order No. 2023. On November 6, 2023 Earthjustice filed a motion to intervene to defend the FERC rule.

Press Release December 2, 2020

Discovery Motion Granted in Fish & Wildlife Service’s San Pedro River Policy Reversal

For years, FWS said huge development near the river required a formal study. One phone call changed the agency’s position.

A farmworker harvests strawberries in Salinas, California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 2, 2024

130 Agriculture Researchers and Academics Urge Congressional Leadership to Support Robust Climate Research Funding in the 2024 Farm Bill

The joint letter calls for secured support of the vital USDA Climate Hubs

In the News: Financial Times April 11, 2024

Republican states step up legal threats to Joe Biden’s climate agenda

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “This is the most right-wing court we’ve seen in almost a century, and that’s emboldening conservative legal activists to swing for the fences with legal claims that would have been laughable just a few years ago. The legal landscape has shifted, and it’s profound.”