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page February 11, 2014

Our Team

About Our Team With 200 attorneys in 15 offices across the country, Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization, working at the federal, state, and local levels. Meet our Board of Trustees and the Earthjustice Council, and see bar admissions for our attorneys. Our team also includes legal and research analysts, policy and…

An oil industry wastewater injection well. Illegal injections are contaminating underground water in scores of aquifers across the state, from Monterey to Kern and Los Angeles counties.
(Photo by Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources)
Press Release May 7, 2015

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Illegal Dumping of Toxic Oil Waste Into California’s Imperiled Water Supplies

Environmental groups challenge ‘emergency’ rules permitting unlawful contamination of protected aquifers

From the Experts June 8, 2021

Why the Ocean Needs the Illegal Fishing and Forced Labor Prevention Act

Sharks are crucial for a healthy ocean, but overfishing is killing them. This bill takes a step in the right direction.

From the Experts August 19, 2021

NOAA Just Named 31 Nations That Engage in Illegal or Unregulated Fishing. Here’s Why That’s a Step in the Right Direction.

This new approach will help the agency protect marine biodiversity.

page January 4, 2010

Request for Legal Assistance

Earthjustice handles legal matters that involve environmental laws or environmental issues and that have the potential to generate results that align with our mission.

Press Release June 14, 1997

Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Changes Name to Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund

The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund announced that it is changing its name to Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund.

A drill rig at sunrise.
(Jim Parkin / Shutterstock)
Press Release November 21, 2016

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma Files Suit to Protect Lands and Water from Illegal Gas Drilling

BLM and BIA issued the oil and gas approvals without consulting with the Nation

feature November 1, 2018

The Renewed Legal Challenge Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

A new chapter opens in the legal fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

feature September 15, 2021

50 Landmark Cases

See 50 of our proudest accomplishments that truly changed life for people and wildlife and set the stage for the world we live in now and into the future.

This Superfund site in New Mexico leaches acid mine drainage into groundwater. Earthjustice sued the EPA to make it hold the mining industry accountable for cleaning up its toxic pollution.
(Amigos Bravos)
Press Release July 19, 2019

Court Allows Trump EPA to Abandon Financial Requirements for Disaster-Prone Mining Industry

Earthjustice lawsuit challenged EPA’s decision on behalf of conservationists and community advocates

Press Release September 29, 2011

Wyoming Citizens Put EPA on Notice Over Ozone Pollution in Sublette County

Lawsuit promised if agency fails to implement Clean Air Act protections within sixty days

Document April 6, 2016

60‐Day Notice of Intent to File Clean Air Act Citizen Suit to Gina McCarthy, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

We hereby give notice of intent to commence a civil action against the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“Administrator,” “EPA,” or “you”) for failing to perform a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Air Act (“the Act”).

Article December 3, 2012

Citizens Clean Water Rights At Risk In Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a pair of cases that could cut back on the ability of citizens to enforce the Clean Water Act. Although different, at their core, both afford the court opportunities either to preserve or weaken the power of citizens to hold polluters accountable for harming our nation’s waters. The Clean…

Air pollution hangs over Fairbanks, Alaska.
(Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)
Press Release December 14, 2018

With No Response From EPA, Fairbanks Community Groups File Suit to Force EPA to Address Pollution

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has the worst episodes of fine particulate matter air pollution in the nation, but EPA has yet to take adequate action

Press Release September 27, 1999

Citizens and Army Settle Lawsuit

Malama Makua, represented by Earthjustice, and the US Army settled a lawsuit to compel the Army’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for training and related activities at Makua Military Reservation on O`ahu.

Press Release November 19, 1999

Citizen Suit Prompts Action to Protect Imperiled Hawaiian Invertebrates

The Center for Biological Diversity, represented Earthjustice, and the Secretary of the Interior and Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, reached a settlement that moves four rare Hawaiian invertebrates — Blackburn’s sphinx moth, Newcomb’s snail, the Kaua`i cave wolf spider and the Kaua`i cave amphipod — a crucial step closer to protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

A bowhead whale and calf surface in the Arctic Ocean.
(Amelia Brower / NOAA)
feature October 20, 2021

Northern Fights

By land and by sea, America’s Arctic is under attack. Earthjustice is fighting on multiple fronts to protect this irreplaceable region and keep the Arctic’s fossil fuels in the ground.

A visitor at Grand Gulch, on Nov. 6, 2017. The area is among the more than one million acres axed from Bears Ears National Monument.
(© Steven Gnam)
feature August 23, 2019

Inside the Legal Case We’re Making to Save Our National Monuments

An explanation of the legal work to save Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, and what’s next.