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Joel Reynolds
Joel Reynolds is the Western Director and a senior attorney in the Los Angeles office of NRDC. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and, for more than 20 years, has specialized in litigation on behalf of community organizations on a broad range of environmental issues in California, including, most recently, endangered species, marine mammals, environmental justice, transportation and coastal resources. He has twice been recognized by California Lawyer Magazine as California Lawyer of the Year in the environmental category, first in 2003 and again in 2008.

Entries by Joel Reynolds

The Animas River Spill and the Myth of Mine Safety

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 8:36 PM

The definition of a mine, said Mark Twain, is a hole in the ground owned by liars. And this month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as another mining disaster has spilled millions of gallons of toxic...

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Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:47 PM

I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired. Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip -- whatever the trip, wherever it took him -- to talk, to testify, to tell the terrible...

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Pebble Mine Lawsuit Moves Forward, Delays EPA Protection of Bristol Bay

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Today a federal judge in Alaska issued an order that will prolong last-ditch litigation filed by the Pebble Limited Partnership against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although the order dismissed portions of Pebble's complaint, the court also allowed parts of the case to move forward to trial on the merits....

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A Richly Deserved PEN Literary Award for 'War of the Whales'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Congratulations to Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales: A True Story - winner of the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Science Writing (PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award). His selection, announced today, confirms the consensus of so many readers and critics that War of...

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The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 7:13 PM

Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership -- now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company -- to conclude that the only truly "independent" review of its uniquely reckless Pebble Mine is an "independent" review that is bought and paid for by . . . The Pebble Partnership.

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Pebble Mine 2014 Year in Review: "And Then There Were Lawyers . . . ."

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:28 PM

When someday the story of the Pebble Mine is told, 2014 may be best remembered as the year when all that remained of the once formidable Pebble Partnership was a bunch of lawyers for hire. By the end of 2014, all of the mining giants and their funding - Mitsubishi,...

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The Numbers Continue to Crunch the Pebble Mine

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Facts -- for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine. By now, some of these are familiar to all of us:

  • 10 billion -- The number of tons of mining waste laced with toxics that the Pebble Mine as proposed would generate -- about 3,000...
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Bobby Andrew to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Today we are running the final in a series of ads in Washington, D.C., urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it's essential that EPA protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine...

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Bristol Bay to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine Now

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:06 PM

This week we're running a series of ads in Washington, D.C., urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it's essential that EPA protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine -- a giant...

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VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:23 PM

In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway.

Within days, the mine owner, the containment dam designer,...

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Now Showing: Pebble Mine's Disastrous Future at BC's Mount Polley Mine

(10) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:44 PM

In the early morning of August 4, 2014, a major breach occurred in an earthen dam built to contain millions of tons of mining waste -- called "tailings" -- at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in central British Columbia. Now, three days later, an estimated

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EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:45 PM

Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project -- the controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska that faces overwhelming local opposition. (Eighty-five percent...

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Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Today is the publication date for Joshua Horwitz' War of the Whales, a true story brilliantly told about the U.S. Navy's decades-long war on whales and other marine mammals by its reckless use of high intensity active sonar. The book is compelling, it's comprehensive, it's ground-breaking...

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Pacific Crest Trail Begins Move to the High Country of Tejon Ranch

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:40 PM

When the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail was envisioned in the 1930s, it was to traverse the highest points along the West Coast's mountainous spine between Mexico and Canada, revealing the majestic vistas and extraordinary natural riches that characterize the West. But the federal government couldn't get permission to build the...

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Pebble Mine: Delivering Congratulations, Not Petitions, to Rio Tinto

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Compared to our meetings in 2011, 2012, and 2013, this year's meeting in London with Rio Tinto's leadership about the proposed Pebble Mine had a very different feel. Earlier in the week, after four years of discussions with NRDC and our Alaskan...

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Thank You, Rio Tinto: British Mining Giant Divests From Pebble Mine

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, announced today that it is abandoning once and for all the giant Pebble Mine proposed for the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska. Potentially the largest copper and gold mine in North America, the Pebble Mine has...

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A Gem of an Ad: Tiffany's Applauds EPA for Action on Pebble Mine

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Readers of the Washington Post, Seattle Times, and San Francisco Chronicle awoke this morning to a full-page ad from Tiffany & Company congratulating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The reason? Last week EPA announced that it was initiating a public process to consider vetoing or regulating...

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EPA Makes the Right Move for Bristol Bay, Starts 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took the first regulatory step toward securing a healthy future for Bristol Bay.

Photograph © 2014 ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM

Responding to overwhelming public demand for the protection of Bristol Bay from the proposed...

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Unprecedented Coalition in Washington, D.C. Next Week Urging EPA to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Next week NRDC will join leaders from an unprecedented coalition of Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, business owners, and faith leaders converging in D.C. and calling on EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from large-scale mining like the proposed Pebble Mine.

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Submarines, Sonar, and the Death of Whales: NRDC Goes Back to Court Against Dangerous Navy Sonar

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:26 PM

There's an old adage that the environment is never saved -- just continually being saved. And the U.S. Navy's testing and training with high-intensity active sonar is a perfect example.

When it comes to the next five years of training and testing activities in Southern California and Hawaii,...

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