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In the News: Context April 16, 2024

Peru pollution ruling a ‘gigantic step’ for environmental justice

Jacob Kopas, Attorney, International Program: “This case is the first time that the court is … really recognising a connection between the health of an environment and the health of human communities. Now with this precedent, we can point to it and say yes you have access to justice – this has been recognised as…

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

document April 5, 2024

Suncor Water Permit Appeal

Conservation and environmental justice groups filed an administrative appeal challenging aspects of the Suncor refinery’s Clean Water Act discharge permit.

An old homestead in front of wind turbines on private working ranch land near Kevin, Montana. (William Campbell / Corbis via Getty Images)
Press Release: Victory March 20, 2024

Montana Supreme Court Again Rebukes NorthWestern Energy on Clean Energy Projects

Court requires utility to pay fine for failing to invest in community renewable projects

document March 20, 2024

Montana CREPs Decision

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled NorthWestern Energy’s hostile approach to clean energy was a violation of the law. The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) followed NorthWestern’s lead and allowed the company to ignore a requirement for the utility to invest in Montana communities by purchasing renewable energy from small community-based projects. The penalty for this violation will provide much-needed revenue to Low-Income and Tribal Energy Assistance programs.

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

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.

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

View of Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. (Nick Pedersen / Getty Images)
Press Release January 17, 2024

State of Utah Releases Inadequate Plan to Save the Great Salt Lake

Conservation groups demand that the state stop approving and address upstream water diversions

Storm clouds pass over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Architect of the Capitol)
Press Release January 11, 2024

Earthjustice Slams House Passage of Republican Polluter Giveaway Bill

The so-called Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act would inhibit accountability of polluting industries and the government’s ability to remedy past harms

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral on Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef.
(The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)
Press Release December 8, 2023

Earthjustice Statement on First-Ever White House Ocean Justice Strategy

Strategy intended to guide ocean justice activities across federal government

The Suncor Energy refinery in Commerce City, Colorado. (Matt Nager for Earthjustice)
Press Release October 31, 2023

Groups Urge EPA to Act on Suncor East Plant Air Permit as 90-Day Deadline Passes

Colorado was provided 90 days to revise Suncor’s Title V permit after EPA’s objection

The proposed site of the Bridge Industrial mega-warehouse complex in South Tacoma, Washington. (350 Tacoma)
Press Release October 6, 2023

City of Tacoma Hearing Examiner Sides with the City of Tacoma in Upholding Permitting for South Tacoma Warehouse Complex

Contrary to Washington State’s Environmental Policy Act, the Hearing Examiner ruled the massive warehouse complex does not require an Environmental Impact Statement

document September 6, 2023

Great Salt Lake Complaint

Conservation and community groups sued the state of Utah for its failure to ensure that enough water reaches the Great Salt Lake to prevent ecological collapse.

Press Release August 21, 2023

Groups File Suit in CO Over Inadequate Disproportionately Impacted Community Permitting Rule

Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopted the polluter permitting rule in May

Homes in Washington, D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood were condemned to clear room for a highway in the 1960s. The community fought back.
(Image courtesy of Brig Cabe / D.C. Public Library)
Article July 13, 2023

How ‘Freeway Revolts’ Helped Create the People’s Environmental Law

The National Environmental Policy Act is a tool to uplift the people’s environmental voice. Grassroots activists in an iconic Black community paved the way for the law to pass unanimously.

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Matt Roth for Earthjustice)
Press Release June 30, 2023

Earthjustice Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Student Loan Debt Ruling

The program aimed to provide student loan forgiveness to address the financial harms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Suncor Energy refinery in Commerce City, Colorado. (Matt Nager for Earthjustice)
Press Release June 29, 2023

Colorado Water Division to Consider Enforcement Action Against Suncor Refinery

Division sent compliance advisory to Suncor for benzene and solids exceedances