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Kate Sheppard

Groups Call On Congress To Bar Permits For Controversial Coal Mining Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several environmental groups are petitioning Congress to take up legislation that would ban any further mountaintop removal coal mining ...

This Is What Asthma Feels Like for Marylanders

Earthjustice | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

While the governor drags his heels, Marylanders across the state struggle to survive during bad ozone days.

Kauai Official in Switzerland Urges Syngenta to Drop Lawsuit Blocking Enforcement of GMO Pesticide Law; Syngenta Replies, 'There Is No Lawsuit'

Judah Freed | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Judah Freed

At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county.

Big Coal's Dirty Playbook to Block the Clean Power Plan

Earthjustice | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Sue Over Oil Train Rules, Cite Amtrak Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over recently announced rules for transporting oil by rail, arguing they allow u...

What Congress Is Really Doing To The First-Ever Federal Protections Against Toxic Coal Ash

Earthjustice | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Since 2008, three major coal ash disasters have threatened lives, livelihoods and water quality in Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Tennessee, including the largest toxic waste spill in U.S. history. Communities across our country near leaking coal ash ponds and landfills can wait no longer.

Why You Should Care About Flame Retardants

Earthjustice | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

We fear trace amounts of pesticides on our food, while sitting on sofas containing pounds of similarly toxic chemicals. These chemicals migrate out of our sofas and other household products and are released into the air in our homes.

Environmental Groups Challenge Tongass Timber Sale, Seek Injunction

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Environmental groups announced Thursday that they were appealing the Big Thorne timber sale, the U.S. Forest Service's biggest Tongass National Forest sale in years. The agency said it was disappointed that the sale it had spent years preparing was again being challenged.

A Word to States: Question Senator McConnell's Climate Advice

Earthjustice | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

If states choose to follow Senator McConnell's bad advice, it is more likely that electricity rates will continue to rise. However, the sooner a state chooses to embark on the path toward energy efficiency and renewable energy, the better for the ratepayer.

President Obama Earns "C" On Mountaintop Removal Mining Report Card

Earthjustice | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

The problem is not that President Obama has done too much to regulate coal mining; the problem is that he could do more -- much more -- to protect the families and communities of Appalachia.

Environmental Groups File Motion to Intervene in Defense of Denton Fracking Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust days after attorneys representing Denton, Texas submitted their initial responses to two legal complaints filed again...

Climate Change Doesn't Care if You're Republican or Democrat

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

With their longstanding allies now in Senate leadership, big polluters will seek to load up must-pass spending bills with anti-environmental riders and pass stand alone bills to block or overturn hard-fought safeguards.

20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators

Earthjustice | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

Environmental laws are enacted to protect public health, to provide clean air and water, to save endangered wildlife, and to protect our public lands for future generations. But these laws mean little if regulations based on them are not enforced or, in this case, are never created in the first place.

Right to Know Reader: Cancer-Causing Power Plants Might Be Closer Than You Think

Earthjustice | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

When you think about sources of toxic air pollution, one of the first things you might picture is a large power plant with huge smoke stacks belching black clouds into the sky. But the truth is that smaller power plants collectively contribute more to the cancer risk faced by Americans every day.

After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coa...

Black and Latino Neighborhoods Subjected to Higher Rates of Air Pollution and Cancer From Oil Refineries

Lisa Garcia | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Lisa Garcia

The federal government has a responsibility to make sure that people are not adversely impacted by this nation's pollution because of their race.

Government Has an Essential Role in Oil Refinery Safety and the Environment

Robert Levy | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Robert Levy

Refiners are still in the mode of resisting new government regulatory initiatives and are not acknowledging that reducing pollution is not only good for the environment, but also has an economic return.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Science Advisers Call For Stronger Smog Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Environmental Protection Agency science advisers have recommended the agency strengthen ozone pollution standards in order to protect ...

Environmental Groups Say Obama Administration Watered Down EPA Pollution Rule

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocacy groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit accusing the White House of withholding documents the grou...

Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The health of our families and our communities are indeed in danger. A newly proposed trade deal with the European Union threatens our climate and hinders the ability of governments and communities to tackle the crisis of climate change.

Zach Carter

Drill Baby Drill: The Secret Trade Memo

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The European Union is pressing the Obama administration to expand U.S. fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration under...

Kate Sheppard

Court Tells EPA To Cough Up New Air Pollution Standards By December

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Northern California has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must produce new draft standards for ground-le...

How Our Regulatory System Misjudges Pesticides and Risks Our Health

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

It's a plague hard to fight and hard to protect ourselves against -- in part because our regulatory system treats the chemicals as if they had rights; safe until proven guilty.

Markets Aid Environmentalists' Efforts to Curb Oil Drilling in Alaska

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

On Friday, we found out why, when his State Department announced its findings that the pipeline, despite releasing between 147 and 168 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, would not 'significantly increase carbon in the atmosphere.'

Kate Sheppard

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Renews Push For Long-Delayed Federal Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash flowed into North Carolina's Dan River on Sunday, prompting renewed calls for long-delayed f...