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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.”

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 10, 2024

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

In the News: San Francisco Chronicle March 25, 2024

Mountainous national monument on California-Oregon border survives major legal challenge

Kristen Boyles, Managing Attorney, Northwest Office: “It’s been many years now of litigation, fighting to protect this remarkable place, and phew, we’re done. The monument and its expansion, it’s now the law of the land. People should go visit this summer. It’s a beautiful place.”

page March 13, 2024

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Press Release March 27, 2024

Community Groups Reach Legal Settlement with KIUC, State on West Kaua‘i Hydro Project

Pō‘ai Wai Ola and Nā Kia‘i Kai raised concerns about the energy project’s impact on the Waimea River

Natural gas well pads, pipelines, and other associated infrastructure in the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming. Once home to pristine, clean air and very little industrial activity, emissions from oil and gas production in this area now lead to unhealthy levels of smog. (Ecoflight)
Press Release: Victory March 25, 2024

Court Rules 2022 Wyoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale Was Illegal

Wyoming sale was one of the largest oil and gas lease sales held on public lands

document March 22, 2024

Wyoming Lease Sale Summary Judgment Order

A federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to lease nearly 120,000 acres of federal land for oil and gas development in June 2022 violated the law.

A Hawaiian petrel chick in its burrow. (Andre Raine / U.S. FWS)
Press Release January 30, 2024

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Maui County Face Lawsuit to Protect Imperiled Hawaiian Seabirds

Conservation groups demand action to stop harm to seabirds from power lines and streetlights

document March 19, 2024

Idaho Wolf Trapping Order

A summary judgment ruling in Idaho District Court will prevent the state of Idaho from authorizing wolf trapping and snaring in grizzly bear habitat during non-denning periods.

In the News: Energy News Network March 12, 2024

Parsing legal definitions, power industry pushes back on EPA coal ash enforcement

Gavin Kearney, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The whole overarching point (of the federal rules) is that groundwater contamination is a big problem; it’s really unsafe, and we have to prevent it. You can’t let water in (to a coal ash impoundment); you can’t let water out; you can’t let water just sit inside…

document January 30, 2024

Notice of Intent: Hawaiian Electric Co. and Maui County Face Lawsuit to Protect Imperiled Hawaiian Seabirds

60 day notice on behalf of American Bird Conservancy and Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, of their intent to sue the County of Maui and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Maui Electric Company over violations of Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act.

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

In the News: Honolulu Civil Beat January 16, 2024

Will A New Order Shut The Door On Future Rooftop Solar Across Hawaii?

Isaac Moriwake, Managing Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office, Earthjustice: “This decision is the most drastic misstep I have seen — up there with slamming the curtain on net metering eight years ago, but with potentially more disastrous results.”

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

document February 12, 2024

Legal Challenge: Five-Year Offshore Leasing Program

Environmental groups and Gulf-based organizations filed a legal challenge to hold the Interior Department accountable for failing to adequately consider the public health impacts on frontline communities in its final Five-Year Program.

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?”

Press Release October 12, 2023

FERC orders MISO to address issues Earthjustice raised in our challenge to its Order 2222 proposal

FERC finds MISO’s proposal did not adequately permit distributed energy resources to participate in MISO wholesale energy markets

In the News: PV Magazine February 12, 2024

Hawaii legislation seeks to undo “massive momentum killer” for rooftop solar

Isaac Moriwake, Managing Attorney, Mid-Pacific Office: “In my 15 years working with this Commission, this decision is the most drastic misstep I have seen — up there with slamming the curtain on net metering eight years ago, but with potentially more disastrous results.”