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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…

Electrical lines in Washington state with Mount Rainier in the background. (Mint Images / Getty Images)
From the Experts May 16, 2024

Greening the Gas System

How utility commission “ratemaking” cases have advanced clean buildings and climate justice in Washington state.

Earthjustice attorneys Jacob Kopas and Mae Manupipatpong before a hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Press Release April 23, 2024

Historic Hearings on Climate Change at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Earthjustice attorneys will be presenting before the Court

In the News: Orlando Sentinel February 9, 2024

Florida could remove majority of climate change references from state law

Bradley Marshall, Attorney, Florida Office: “It does send a statement that even though we are seeing the impacts of climate change increasing every year in the state — more people being impacted by stronger hurricanes, we’re seeing sea level rise, we’re seeing hotter summers — that we don’t think that is something we should be…

A farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa, where sustainable farming practices are used.
(Brad Zweerink for Earthjustice)
From the Experts May 22, 2024

House Farm Bill Squanders Environmental Opportunities

With provisions to rollback climate-smart agriculture provisions, weaken environmental laws, and offer handouts to polluting industries, the House Farm Bill is the culmination of a toxic partisan process.

Councilmember Avilés Speaks at Last-Mile Coalition press conference. (Gerardo Romo / NYC Council Media Unit)
Press Release: Victory May 22, 2024

City of New York Commits to Regulating Last-Mile Warehouses Amid Calls to Address Growing Industry

The City has also committed to establishing an indirect source rule to regulate the emissions caused by last-mile warehouses, when finalized NYC will be the first city to implement an ISR

page March 13, 2024

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John Beard, Robert Taylor, Sharon Lavigne and Harry Joseph, left to right, speak to fellow activists from "Cancer Alley" to call on President Biden to declare a state of emergency in St. James Parrish, La., during a protest outside the White House on Oct. 25, 2022. The procession of activists carried photographs of fellow community members who died because of the toxic impact of fossil fuels. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for Fossil Free Media)
Press Release April 17, 2024

States Ask EPA to Eviscerate Environmental Civil Rights Protections

Republican attorneys general from 23 states petitioned the agency to weaken Title VI

In the News: Floodlight April 18, 2024

23 states ask EPA to halt civil rights rules regulating pollution

Andre Segura, VP of Litigation: “The fact is, many of the states that have signed the petition have historically allowed these harmful facilities to be placed in predominantly Black and brown communities, without regard for the health and safety of residents. These decades-old Title VI regulations are critical tools for the federal government to use…

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

Bitcoin mining machines in a warehouse at the Whinstone US Bitcoin mining facility in Rockdale, Texas, the largest in North America. Operations like this one have been boosted by China’s intensified crypto crackdown that has pushed the industry west. (Mark Felix / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts March 12, 2024

Cryptocurrency Miners Need to Report their Energy Use

The U.S. Energy Information Administration raises concerns about energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining operations, will seek comments on reporting requirements.

The PSEG coal-fired power plant, next to Bridgeport Harbor, Conn., in 2020.  (Allison Minto for Earthjustice)
feature May 2, 2024

How the Biden Administration Can Keep Building on Historic Environmental Protections

With more than a dozen major environmental rules recently finalized, here’s what the administration should do as soon as possible to secure a lasting impact.

A crane lifts a wind turbine rotor onto a tower north of Abilene, Texas. (Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images)
Update May 1, 2024

The Biden Administration Has Revived the People’s Environmental Law

Final updates to National Environmental Policy Act ensure that communities will not be sacrificed as clean energy infrastructure ramps up.

In the News: Associated Press April 18, 2024

Republican AGs attack Biden’s EPA for pursuing environmental discrimination cases

Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office: “I think it is a perversion of our civil rights laws to say otherwise, to say that you can’t account for these past harms by creating policies that protect communities that are disproportionately harmed.”

From the Experts April 24, 2024

Environmental Organizations in Chile Ask the Environmental Court to Invalidate a Rule that Artificially Prioritizes Electricity from LNG Over Renewables

The so-called “Inflexible” gas regulation creates a fiction to lower the price of LNG.

page January 8, 2024

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Earthjustice welcomes summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Only students who are currently enrolled in law school are eligible to apply.

Residents of La Oroya, Peru, hold a sign that reads "Doe Run, it is enough of environmental crimes" during a march through the streets of Lima demanding medical assistance and a halt to the pollution generated by mining in Peru. (Fotoholica Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)
Article March 28, 2024

Historic Court Decision Puts Big Polluters on Notice in Latin America

An international court ruled in favor of the people of La Oroya, Peru, finding that the government violated their right to a healthy environment.

Homes are adjacent to a Shell refinery in Norco, Louisiana. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Press Release January 23, 2024

Federal Court Deals Major Blow to Environmental Civil Rights Enforcement

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruling restricts EPA and DOJ from protecting Louisiana communities from disparate environmental impacts