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A brown pelican covered in oil sits on the Louisiana coast in June 2010. Oil from the <em>Deepwater Horizon</em> has affected wildlife throughout the Gulf of Mexico. (Charlie Riedel / AP)
Press Release April 18, 2024

Gulf and Environmental Groups React to Congressional Letter Calling on Interior Department to End Rubber Stamping of Offshore Oil Drilling Projects

Letter comes on eve of the 14th anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill

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 April 12, 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.

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release April 8, 2024

Conservation and Environmental Justice Groups File Administrative Appeal of Suncor Water Permit

Groups seek lower PFAS limits and shorter compliance schedules to help protect communities

Drinking water is one of the most common routes of exposure to PFAS. PFAS have polluted the tap water of at least 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico, as well as groundwater in at least 38 states.
(Yipeng Ge / Getty Images)
Update: Victory April 10, 2024

New Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water Will Protect Communities Across the U.S.

Highly toxic PFAS chemicals are present in the drinking water of as many as 200 million Americans.

Press Release February 9, 2024

EPA’s Delayed Mercury Limits for Taconite Plants Fall Short

The rule doesn’t reduce taconite facilities’ dangerous mercury emissions enough

Solar panels at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. (Black Rock Solar / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release April 4, 2024

Earthjustice Praises Announcement of New Climate Funds Awardees to Turbocharge Climate and Environmental Justice Investments in Disadvantaged Communities

$20 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act marks an unprecedented investment in local projects that reduce emissions, advance environmental justice, and lower energy costs

A worker in a steel mill checking the flow of molten steel before the casting process in Southern California.  (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
From the Experts April 11, 2024

From Ice Cream to Glass to Steel, California Needs to Think Big on Industrial Electrification

It’s time for the largest manufacturing hub in the country to develop a blueprint for zero emissions. Legislation like AB 2083 can get us there.

document March 27, 2024

Sign-on Letter: EPA LMWC March 2024

. It has been over thirty years since Congress told EPA to protect the public from the harms of this incinerator pollution, and environmental justice communities are still waiting for those protections. EPA has committed to advancing equitable outcomes in environmental justice communities and building meaningful engagement with these communities. The time to deliver on those commitments is now.

The Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, reflected in a window of a home in Springdale, is among the hundreds of power plants likely covered by the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 5, 2023

The Mercury & Air Toxics Standards

When coal is burned in the U.S., most of the mercury in the coal no longer spews into our air — thanks to a federal rule that Earthjustice and our clients fought for and continue to defend.

In the News: MinnPost February 15, 2024

Minnesota tribes say EPA’s taconite mercury emission rules don’t go far enough

James Pew, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “That just isn’t enough. The EPA could fix this.”

document February 13, 2024

Sign-on Letter: Opposition to H.R. 7176 and Support for Biden Administration’s LNG Announcement

Earthjustice and more than 65 climate and environmental organizations expressed strong support for President Biden’s liquefied methane gas (otherwise known as liquefied natural gas, or LNG) export approval pause and urged Congress not to accelerate the expansion of LNG infrastructure.

In the News: The Colorado Sun March 6, 2024

Suncor gets tougher “forever chemicals” and toxins limits in new Colorado water permit

Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “This permit gives Suncor an extraordinarily long time to comply with permit limits. The company won’t have to meet its PFAS limits for three years. For several other pollutants, Suncor will get more than six years to comply. That timeline is problematic because this is only a five-year permit.…

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…

Workmen prepare to replace old water pipes with new copper pipes in Newark, New Jersey in 2021. The city replaced nearly all of its 23,000 lead service lines with new copper pipes. (Seth Wenig / AP)
Article March 11, 2024

This Toxic Metal is Still Contaminating Our Drinking Water. Is Change Coming?

Lead-contaminated water continues to plague many U.S. cities and rural areas alike, but a renewed focus by the federal government and state-based efforts offer hope for finally dealing with this nationwide crisis.

document March 6, 2024

NOAA Funding Letter for AWHCA Legislative Hearing

60+ groups oppose cuts to the Inflation Reduction Act’s coastal resilience funding

document March 6, 2024

Opposition letter to ESA changes in AWHCA

70+ organizations express strong opposition to H.R. 7408, the America’s Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Act. This bill is a transparent attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act and hamstring the conservation of our most imperiled species and their habitats.

document February 27, 2024

Tribal Nations’ Letter to Biden Admin re Line 5 and Tribal Sovereignty

A letter from more than 30 Tribal Nations in the Great Lakes region sent to President Joe Biden urging the United States to speak out against the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline’s trespass on the Bad River Band’s land.

document March 26, 2024

EPA Comments: Slaughterhouse Clean Water Act Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for MPP Point Source Category

Inadequately controlled water pollution from slaughterhouses and rendering facilities can make water unsafe for drinking, unfit for outdoor recreation, and uninhabitable for aquatic life, posing serious risks to human health and the environment, especially in vulnerable and under-resourced communities. After more than two decades, EPA finally has begun the process of strengthening water pollution control standards for these facilities, and the Agency now proposes to adopt the weakest of three regulatory options. EPA’s preferred option is inconsistent with the CWA and other federal laws.