Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ending America's Rail Car Menace

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Crude oil rail cars in the Richmond rail yard.  (CHRIS JORDAN-BLOCH / EARTHJUSTICE)

Emergency Ban Sought Against Rail Car Menace

This week, environmental groups filed an emergency action to end use of rail cars that can explode when carrying volatile crude oil through America's communities. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is urged to ban these hazardous cars.





Support our emergency efforts in court. We can't win without you!



A protester at the Forward On Climate rally waves an Earth flag in front of the Washington Monument. (Chesapeake Climate Action Network / Flickr CC)

Dryden Victory Sparks
National Fracking Revolt

Communities across America - inspired by Dryden, NY's court victory over fracking - are rising up in defense of their homes against the oil and gas industry. Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen has the story.





For too long the oil and gas industry has intimidated and abused people. That behavior is finally coming back to haunt them, as communities across the country stand up and say 'no more.'

– Deborah Goldberg, Earthjustice attorney




Climate Impacts Stop Plan
for Bulldozing of Wilderness

In a precedent-setting ruling, a federal court has rejected the approval of a coal company's plan to bulldoze roads through pristine Colorado wilderness, citing climate change impacts.





This decision means that these agencies can no longer bury their heads in the sand when confronting the very real impacts of climate change.

– Ted Zukoski, Earthjustice attorney


Other recent court victories include:

Power plant icon. (Public Domain / The Noun Project)


An appeals court ruling rejects another baseless coal industry attack and upholds the EPA's power to protect Appalachian communities from mountaintop removal mining.


Power plant icon. (Public Domain / The Noun Project)


Facilities may no longer burn hazardous waste without meeting health and safety requirements, says judge.



A pipe discharges coal ash and water. (TVA)

U.S. Weasling On Wolverines

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional director has recommended a reversal of the agency's proposal to list wolverines as a threatened species. Hear wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick explain why these fierce and fascinating creatures deserve our protection.



A pipe discharges coal ash and water. (TVA)

EPA Needs Sharper Carbon Goal

The EPA has taken a pivotal first step in cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants, but the agency must do more if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change.



A pipe discharges coal ash and water. (TVA)

Groups Challenge Approval
of Bee-Killing Pesticide

Environmental and food safety groups are challenging California's illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides, despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honeybees.






The Smell of Money

Environmental activist Hilton Kelley tells us why he gave up a life of Hollywood stardom to face down dirty polluters in his Texas hometown.





Smoke spews from a coal-fired power plant. (Calin Tatu / Shutterstock)

Let's Protect Farmworkers!

Check out our newest campaign to protect those who put food on our table from pesticide exposure.




A resident of Igiugig shows off a wind-powered greenhouse.

Refineries: Clean Up Your Act

Millions of people living near oil refineries are forced to breathe dirty air. Tell the EPA it's time to get real protections from these toxic facilities.



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Photo Credits:
  · Emergency Ban Sought Against Rail Car Menace:  Railroad shipments of volatile crude oil into America's cities have dramatically increased, with explosive results. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
  · Dryden Win Sparks National Fracking Revolt: Deborah Goldberg argues before the Court of Appeals on June 3, 2014. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
  · Climate Impacts Stop Plan For Bulldozing of Wilderness:  Construction of road and methane venting pad above the West Elk coal mine. (U.S. FOREST SERVICE PHOTO)
  · Mountaintop removal mining victory:  Mountain icon. (Bohdan Burmich / The Noun Project)
  · Hazardous waste victory:  Smokestack icon. (Public Domain / The Noun Project)
  · U.S. Weasling On Wolverines:  Doug Chadwick working as a volunteer on the five-year study in Glacier National Park. (Rick Yates)
  · EPA Needs Sharper Carbon Goal:  Power plants account for 40 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
  · Groups Challenge Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide:  Beekeeper Jeff Anderson checks on the bee boxes. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
  · The Smell of Money:  Hilton Kelley stands in front of Capitol Hill. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
  · Let's Protect Farmworkers!:  Protecting people from pesticides (USDA)
  · Refineries: Clean Up Your Act  Yudith Nieto holds an air sampler in the Manchester neighborhood of Houston, TX. (Eric Kayne / Earthjustice)

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