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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.”

Document February 22, 2024

60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue for Violations of Sections 7 and 9 of the Endangered Species Act: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community/Lower Skagit River

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency based on the State Department of Ecology failure to implement a 20 year-old water clean-up plan to address warm stream temperatures in the Lower Skagit River that cause ongoing harm to salmon.

A fishing crew member carries a salmon to the hold of boat in Washington State. (Thomas Barwick / Getty images)
Press Release February 22, 2024

Swinomish Tribal Community Demands EPA Act to Stop Harm to Lower Skagit River Salmon From Temperature Pollution

Ongoing violations of temperature standards for 20 years harm ESA-listed salmon populations; Tribe provides notice to sue EPA

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.”

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: Inside EPA February 20, 2024

Court’s Vacatur Of Florida 404 Program May Raise Bar For Other States

Christina Reichert, Attorney, Florida Office: “[The ruling] sends a clear signal that Congress meant what it said when it passed the Endangered Species Act. No state can be allowed to take over a federal program as important as the Clean Water Act’s wetlands permitting program by making an end-run around the Endangered Species Act.”

In the News: Kenosha News February 16, 2024

In race to prevent lead in our drinking water, who is being left behind?

Suzanne Novak, Attorney, Northeast Office: “If we don’t prohibit charging a customer, we may very well end up with a two-tiered system, where wealthier communities, which are disproportionately white, will have more of their lead service lines replaced than in other communities.”

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

Document February 15, 2024

Sec. 404 Florida ESA Ruling

A federal court rules in favor of environmental groups, determining that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law when they greenlit Florida’s takeover of the Clean Water Act wetlands permitting program.

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

In the News: The Denver Post January 28, 2024

After the Supreme Court gutted federal protections for half of Colorado’s waters, can state leaders fill the gap?

Stu Gillespie, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “Clean water is one of those things we take for granted, and you don’t really notice until you don’t have it.”

Press Release: Victory December 15, 2023

EPA Proposes Improved Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities

In response to lawsuits, EPA begins process of mandating pollution reductions

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

(Ren Photo / Getty Images)
Press Release October 19, 2023

Clean Water Act Bill is Big Step Forward, Needs to Eliminate Loophole to Truly Restore Protections

Earthjustice and its clients urge Congress to act swiftly

Border walls, such as the one in Nacos, Arizona, have already impacted the environment, disrupting the natural migration of animals and causing flooding.
(Getty Images)
Press Release October 5, 2023

Earthjustice Condemns Biden Administration’s Waiver of Laws to Build Border Wall

The administration will waive 26 laws — including bedrock environmental protections — to facilitate its rapid construction

United States Supreme Court (front row L-R) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, (back row L-R) Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson pose for their official portrait at the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building on October 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
From the Experts September 26, 2023

Here’s What to Expect From the Supreme Court This Term

Recent environmental rulings from the Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority have revealed a dangerous agenda, but we still have strong legal tools to protect people and the planet.

Press Release September 25, 2023

Earthjustice Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant Sewage Discharges into the Pacific Ocean

Hawai’i County must comply with the Clean Water Act to prevent discharged wastewater from contaminating Honokōhau Harbor

Press Release September 14, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds EPA’s Move to Recognize State and Tribal Authority Under Clean Water Act

EPA’s final rule corrects a Trump era rollback and brings clarity to state and Tribal authority to protect water quality