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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.”

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

In the News: E&E News April 4, 2024

Proposed settlement prods EPA action on incinerator emissions

Deena Tumeh, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “Most commercial and industrial waste incinerators across the country operate subject to outdated and flawed toxic air pollution standards or none at all. Communities living near these incinerators have suffered the health consequences of exposure to many toxic air pollutants, including lead, which has no safe level of human…

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 27, 2024

Community Groups Left in the Dark on Suncor Fenceline Monitoring Settlement

State provided little time for intervening groups to review key documents before approving settlement

page March 13, 2024

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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

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.”

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…

Press Release: Victory February 8, 2024

Advocates and Consumers Energy Reach Agreement on Critical Energy Efficiency Programs

Michigan Public Service Commission approves settlement agreement that will significantly help utility customers

Swimmers and surfers ride the waves at Kekaha Beach in West Kauaʻi.
(Clement Faydi / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release: Victory January 31, 2024

West Kauaʻi to Address Water Pollution at Kīkīaola Small Boat Harbor in Settlement with Community Groups

The groups reached a settlement with the County of Kauaʻi and Department of Health after filing a lawsuit in 2022 to enforce the Clean Water Act, capping a series of suits to protect West Kaua‘i coastal waters

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

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

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

document February 26, 2024

Suncor Fenceline Monitoring Settlement Agreement Response

Community and conservation groups filed a response to the recently-announced Suncor Energy fenceline monitoring settlement agreement, expressing frustration and concern over the plan approved by the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division.

Split view of clear and hazy days in Shenandoah National Park. (National Park Service)
Press Release March 29, 2024

Proposed Haze Pollution Consent Decree Sets Schedule to Improve Visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas

Deadlines set for EPA to take action on 33 states’ plans to reduce haze pollution

Press Release October 26, 2023

Oregon Public Utility Commission Approves Settlement with Avista to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Restrict Political Spending

Agreement prohibits the gas utility from spending ratepayer funds on efforts to undermine state climate law; expands low-income weatherization programs

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 5, 2024

Colorado Reaches Settlement with Suncor Energy on Fenceline Monitoring Lawsuit

A separate enforcement action announced today penalizes Suncor for repeated air pollution violations

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.