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feature May 14, 2024

Breaking Down Toxic PFAS

What PFAS are, why they’re harmful, and what we can do to protect ourselves from them

Power lines near Pittsburgh, Penn. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
From the Experts May 1, 2024

DOE Finalized New Rule for Federal Permitting of Transmission Lines

The new rule will cut permitting time in half for major transmission projects while maintaining strong environmental standards.

After years of inaction by the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed long-overdue limits on six PFAS in drinking water. (Getty Images)
feature April 19, 2024

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

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 March 27, 2024

EPA Comments: LMWC Proposed Rule March 2024

EPA’s proposed revisions to its LMWC Standards come over thirty years after Congress told EPA to protect the public from the harms of incinerator pollution. The Proposed Rule is a welcome, if overdue, step in the right direction towards achieving Congress’s mandate.

document March 27, 2024

Sign-on Letter: EPA LMWC March 2024

It has been over thirty years since Congress told EPA to protect the public from the harms of this incinerator pollution, and environmental justice communities are still waiting for those protections. EPA has committed to advancing equitable outcomes in environmental justice communities and building meaningful engagement with these communities. The time to deliver on those commitments is now.

An outside unit to a heat pump system outside a home in Juneau, Alaska. (Michael Penn for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory March 8, 2024

Judge Denies Industry Challenge to Delay Implementation of Washington’s New Climate and Health-Friendly Building Codes

New statewide building codes incentivizing heat pumps will take effect in mid-March

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From the Experts January 11, 2024

After New Yorkers faced a deluge of climate disasters this year, Governor Hochul needs to appoint climate champions to the Public Service Commission

Governor Hochul can, by carefully selecting her nominees, fully realize the PSC’s potential to serve New Yorkers by protecting consumers and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

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.”

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

In the News: Grist March 8, 2024

How changes to Hawaiʻi’s home battery program could hinder its clean energy transition

Isaac Moriwake, Managing Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office: “You ought to consider the big picture of how not only individual systems, but the aggregate, are able to respond to grid needs on call, and respond to emergencies. There’s big-time value there.”

feature February 27, 2023

From the Ground Up: A Petition to Protect New York City’s Community Gardens

By protecting community gardens through CEA designation, New York City can help to ensure that the gardens continue to strengthen and transform neighborhoods for decades to come.

Volunteers with the group Comunidad Guayamesa Unidos por tu Salud install a solar power system in the home of community member in the Puente de Jobos neighborhood of Guayama, P.R., on Mar. 20, 2021. (Erika P. Rodríguez for Earthjustice)
feature October 7, 2022

Distributed rooftop solar and battery storage will ensure reliable and affordable electricity for all Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico receives an abundance of sunlight year-round that can generate more than enough energy to meet demand.

A smelter in La Oroya, Peru has polluted the small Andean city for generations. (Mitchell Gilbert for AIDA)
Press Release: Victory March 22, 2024

Inter-American Court Ruling on La Oroya Case Sets Key Precedent for the Protection of a Healthy Environment

The Court found Peru responsible for violating the rights of residents of La Oroya, who have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic contamination for generations

feature October 7, 2022

La Energía Solar En Techos y Su Almacenamiento Distribuido De Baterías Garantizará Electricidad Confiable y Asequible Para Los Puertorriqueños

Es tanta la luz solar que recibe Puerto Rico en el transcurso de un año que puede generar más energía de la suficiente para satisfacer su demanda.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler testifies during the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2022. (Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Press Release March 6, 2024

SEC Climate Disclosure Rule Represents Important Progress, But Falls Short on Key Metrics of Financial Risk

Final rule improves upon status quo, but still enables companies to conceal financial risks

Storm clouds pass over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Architect of the Capitol)
Press Release January 31, 2024

As House Natural Resources Committee Debates Mining Bill, Earthjustice Urges Meaningful Reforms, Not Industry Handouts

The bill would make it easier for mining companies and individuals to stake claim on public lands without the existence of valid mineral claim

Illustrations by Emily Schnall
Article December 15, 2023

How Our Fight for 4 Species Helped Save the Sierra Nevada

A decades-long fight for four imperiled species — and an entire landscape — is nearly complete.