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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 February 29, 2024

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

Residents observe the fire consuming the TPC Group plant on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Port Neches, Texas. Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through the chemical plant and one left several workers injured. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Chronicle via AP)
Press Release: Victory March 1, 2024

EPA Strengthens Chemical Disaster Safeguards

Nearly 180 million people live in the worst-case scenario zones for a chemical disaster

The Smith River in Montana is beloved for trout fishing and rafting. (Pat Clayton /  fisheyeguyphotography.com)
Press Release February 26, 2024

Montana Supreme Court Overturns District Court Ruling That Blocked Mine’s Operating Permit

Separate challenge to Black Butte Copper Mine’s water rights could still prevent mining

Female panther at the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County.
(Tim Donovan / Florida Fish & Wildlife)
Update February 20, 2024

Florida’s Wetlands Win Protections in Court

The ruling halts two massive development projects that would have disturbed the last remaining habitat of the critically endangered Florida panther.

In the News: Politico February 23, 2024

Permitting ‘Chaos’: Florida DEP to seek stay of judge’s wetlands ruling

Tania Galloni, Managing Attorney, Florida Office: “The judge got it right. There’s a lot of reasons this program is illegal.”

In the News: Florida Phoenix February 22, 2024

Court ruling stops Florida’s sloppy wetlands permitting, saves panthers

Tania Galloni, Managing Attorney, Florida Office: “’It’s hard’ is NOT a reason to not comply with federal law.”

Valmont Power Station in Boulder, Colo., in 2011. (Josh Schutz / Getty Images)
Press Release February 22, 2024

With Broad Public Support, Legislators to Introduce Package of Bills to Address Colorado’s Ozone Crisis

Legislation will focus on permitting reform, air quality enforcement, additional measures to cut harmful pollution in Colorado

A Florida panther at White Oak Conservation Center, Florida. (Frans Lanting / National Geographic)
Press Release: Victory February 16, 2024

Federal Court Strikes Down EPA Approval of Florida Wetlands Program

Judge finds EPA and USFWS failed to comply with Endangered Species Act

Sharon Lavigne of RISE St. James is an Earthjustice client and partner in a case against the “Sunshine Project” — a plant proposed by the Formosa Petrochemical Corporation. (Alejandro Dávila Fragoso / Earthjustice)
Press Release January 19, 2024

Louisiana Court Ruling Reverses Lower Court Decision and Upholds Air Permits for Formosa Plastics’ Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley

Massive proposed petrochemical complex would exacerbate toxic pollution in predominantly Black communities

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…

Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Because electric vehicles are more efficient in converting energy to power cars and trucks, electricity across the board is cleaner and cheaper as a fuel for vehicles, even when that electricity comes from the dirtiest grid. (Mecky / Getty Images)
Update February 21, 2024

The EPA Must Hold the Line on the Strongest Car Pollution Standards Ever

Here’s what the standards would do for health and climate.

The Cheswick Generating Station in 2010. Prior to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, oil-burning and coal-burning power plants largely avoided restrictions on emissions of hazardous air pollution. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature February 7, 2024

Historic Environmental Protections are Up Against the Deadline

The Biden administration must get rulemakings over the finish line this spring to solidify climate and health protections ahead of political uncertainty.

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

Document February 9, 2024

EPA’s Taconite Final Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues decades-overdue standards to control mercury and other toxic emissions from taconite iron ore processing plants.

Black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern train, Feb. 6, 2023. If the fossil fuel industry gets its way, many more trains will pass through the region soon, adding to a slew of environmental threats posed by the industry’s plans for the Ohio River Valley.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Article February 2, 2024

Putting a Lid on Plastics Production in the Ohio River Valley

Residents are challenging industry’s petrochemicals push into the region, and Earthjustice’s legal strategy has helped them notch an early win.

Document January 31, 2024

Comments on the City of Everett Water Pollution Control Facility, NPDES Wastewater Discharge Permit

In renewing an NPDES permit, the Department of Ecology must address violations of water quality standards and the harm such violations cause to people, water, and aquatic life.

A coalition of groups concerned about the proposed fracked-gas storage facility rallied in August 2019 before a Puget Sound Clean Air Agency hearing. Signs oppose LNG in Tacoma, where the area code is 253.
(Rachel Lee for Washington Environmental Council)
Press Release: Victory January 24, 2024

Puget Sound Energy Abandons Dangerous Expansion of Tacoma LNG Terminal

Facing lawsuit, PSE withdraws permits authorizing expanded use of its risky and controversial LNG facility for marine fuel and LNG bunkering

A bald eagle lands in the snow at the edge of the Chilkat River, near Haines, Alaska. In this area is the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where thousands of bald eagles gather to feast on the last runs of coho and chum salmon—a globally unique phenomenon. (Sergei Uryadnikov / Getty Images)
Press Release October 31, 2023

Groups Challenge State of Alaska Over Flawed Mine Water Permit

Regional groups seek tougher standards to protect Chilkat Watershed from Palmer Project wastewater