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In the News: Grist February 29, 2024

An invisible chemical is poisoning thousands of unsuspecting warehouse workers

Marvin Brown, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “The method of sterilization has been to over sterilize. The result for communities is that they are exposed to higher amounts of ethylene oxide, because more ethylene oxide is being used than necessary.”

Farmworkers and their families, who are predominantly low-income and majority Latino, bear the brunt of poisonings from pesticides and pesticide drift.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
From the Experts February 29, 2024

Harvesting Equality: Addressing Historical Injustices to Foster a Resilient Agricultural Future

Black farmers resiliently confront legacies of bias amid contemporary climate challenges.

Document February 29, 2024

New Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities

On average, over 17,000 animals are killed each minute in slaughterhouses across the United States. Slaughterhouse byproducts such as fat, bone, and feathers are often sent to rendering facilities for conversion into tallow, animal meal, and other products. Both slaughterhouses and rendering facilities require a near-constant flow of water, and they discharge hundreds of millions of pounds of water pollution each year.

The John Amos Power Plant, a coal utility company located on the Kanawha River in West Virginia. (Joe Sohm / Getty Images)
Press Release February 29, 2024

Earthjustice Encouraged by EPA’s Commitment to Protect Communities From Power Plant Pollution

EPA to take a comprehensive approach to power plant rulemaking to better safeguard communities from pollution

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.

In the News: Denton Record-Chronicle February 28, 2024

Texas bitcoin miners don’t have to report energy usage yet; Denton touts selling renewables

Thom Cmar, Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “The EIA collects this type information from every energy user in the U.S., so there is no question that they have the authority to collect this information. It’s just a question of whether this industry is willing to cooperate by making this information publicly available to the extent it…

In the News: Energy News Network February 28, 2024

Scientists warn a poorly managed hydrogen rush could make climate change worse

Lauren Piette, Attorney, Clean Energy Program: “NOx emissions are not the only reason why burning hydrogen to make electricity is a bad idea — it is also wildly inefficient and hard to do. Burning green hydrogen in a gas plant to make electricity is like using a Rube Goldberg machine to strike a match. You…

Container ships are seen docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Press Release February 28, 2024

Earthjustice Praises New EPA Clean Ports Program

The new program will help deploy zero-emissions technologies in ports while remedying decades of pollution and environmental injustices for communities.

A sign warns visitors from a contaminated stream in Fort Edward, N.Y. Trichloroethylene (TCE) was dumped by a nearby factory into the ground. The toxic chemical subsequently entered the underground soil and water aquifers in a plume area underneath homes in the neighborhood. (Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images)
feature February 28, 2024

What you should know about trichloroethylene

The carcinogenic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) has contaminated drinking water for decades and been linked to cancer clusters across the country.

Former Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. at the Tribe's reservation in Wisconsin where Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline crosses.
(Jaida Grey Eagle for Earthjustice)
Press Release February 28, 2024

30 Tribal Nations Ask Biden Administration to Condemn Canadian Pipeline Trespass

Enbridge has earned over $1 billion by trespassing on the Bad River Band’s reservation.

(James Olstein for Earthjustice)
feature February 28, 2024

Right To Zero: Building a Zero-emissions Future

We’re creating a zero-emissions reality from coast to coast.

A haze of smog covers the Port of Houston. (James Dillard)
case February 28, 2024

The EPA’s Good Neighbor Plan: Defending Public Health in the Supreme Court

The future of the Good Neighbor Plan hangs in the balance, with implications for public health and economic prosperity nationwide.

"Women have to be the fiercest," says Maria Lopez-Nuñez. She is fighting for environmental justice in Newark, NJ's Ironbound neighborhood.
(Brian W. Fraser)
Article February 28, 2024

These Women Environmental Leaders Are Fighting For Their Communities

Women will continue to help shape the future as we fight to protect the environment that we all share — our planet.

Lori Phillips grew up in Franklinville, New York where her family lived on a farm, growing corn and raising livestock. During the summer, the windows of her house would be open while her father sprayed a herbicide on the crops. Years later, Lori developed Parkinson’s disease. (Tina Russell for Earthjustice)
Article February 27, 2024

This Weed Killer Is Linked to Parkinson’s. Why Isn’t It Banned Yet?

Paraquat damages farmworkers’ respiratory system, their kidneys, and their eyes. Help us urge the EPA to ban it.

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.

In the News: Great Falls Tribune February 27, 2024

Supreme Court approves copper mine near edge of beloved Smith River

Jenny Harbine, Managing Attorney, Northern Rockies Office: “Montanans and the wildlife who depend on pristine water quality and adequate flows in the Smith River deserve no less than the full protections afforded by these laws.”

In the News: KRBD February 27, 2024

Alaska Tribes accuse Canada of human rights violations, request international hearing on mining

Mae Manupipatpong, Attorney, International Program: “Toxic water pollution doesn’t stop at the Canadian border. And human rights obligations don’t either.”

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