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Holding the Line: Taking the EPA to Court Over Methane

August 16, 2017 • Cornershop Creative
The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites.
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Holding the Line: Taking the EPA to Court Over Methane

July 26, 2017 • Sarah Anderson

The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites. The leaking emissions smell terrible and have severe health consequences, especially in children.  Children in oil and gas extraction areas suffer from high rates of asthma and other chronic problems. Communities deserve the protections that the CAA intended to give when it was enacted.

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Groups File the First Lawsuit Against a Trump EPA Action to Stay Emissions Reduction Requirements of a Climate Regulation

June 5, 2017 • Earthworks and Clean Air Task Force

Washington, D.C., Jun 5th – Today, Clean Air Task Force, on behalf of Earthworks along with other environmental groups dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. reduces its greenhouse gas emissions,sued EPA in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C. over its decision to stay for 90 days the effectiveness of certain methane and other air pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. In the wake of the Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the groups have filed a motion seeking to immediately stop the EPA action, marking the first legal challenge filed against a Trump Administration’s EPA action to stay emission reduction requirements of a climate regulation.

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San Carlos Apache, Community & Environmental Groups Challenge Plans for Resolution Copper Mine Waste Site

September 16, 2016
PHOENIX, Ariz.— The San Carlos Apache Tribe and a coalition of community and environmental groups filed two related lawsuits in federal court today challenging a proposal to destroy public land on the Tonto National Forest near the Superstition Mountains with… More »

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Groups Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste

May 4, 2016 • Earthworks | NRDC | Environmental Integrity Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

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Conservationists Take Legal Action to Protect Wilderness Rivers and Wildlife Threatened by Proposed Montanore Mine in Northwest Montana

April 4, 2016 • Earthworks | Clark Fork Coalition | Save Our Cabinets

Missoula, MT – A coalition of conservation groups have filed suit to protect wilderness rivers and streams and threatened bull trout from the dewatering effects of the proposed Montanore Mine, a massive copper and silver mine that would excavate for ore under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Missoula.

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Court Issues Order to Hold Biggest Polluters Accountable for Cleanup Costs

January 29, 2016 • Bonnie Gestring

It was good news all around today for the millions of families that live near polluted industrial sites, and the American taxpayers who have footed the cleanup bill all too often. Today, the Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop letting polluters off the hook for the contamination they cause.  

For 30 years, the EPA has failed to issue rules under CERCLA, the “Superfund” law, to hold industries accountable, up front, for cleanup costs. As a result, company after company has found a way to pass the cost of environmental disasters on to taxpayers.

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision that will help to fix that.

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Court Orders Environmental Protection Agency to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Their Own Toxic Messes

January 29, 2016 • Earthworks, Earthjustice et. al.

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop letting polluters off the financial hook for contamination they caused. The judges directed the EPA to finalize long-awaited “financial assurance” regulations that will first apply to metal (hard rock) mining and other industries.