public interest law

Groups Sue for Clean Water Law Enforcement in Northern California

Groups Sue for Clean Water Law Enforcement in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 5, 2009 (ENS) – Conservation and fishermen’s groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in California Superior Court seeking to force state and regional water boards to implement existing clean water laws in the wild rivers and streams of the state’s North Coast region. The groups argue that only cleaner waters will enable…

Bush Officials Sued for Steering $350M to Forest Foundations

Bush Officials Sued for Steering $350M to Forest Foundations

SEATTLE, Washington, September 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Bush administration alleging that federal officials diverted $350 million from the public treasury to forestry foundations “dominated by the timber industry.” The suit alleges that the administration violated federal appropriations law when, in September 2006, without any…

Enviro-Labor Coalitions Challenge Two Toxic Pesticides

Enviro-Labor Coalitions Challenge Two Toxic Pesticides

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 31, 2008 (ENS) – This has been the week for going after pesticides in court. Since Thursday, July 24, two coalitions – with many of the same member groups – have filed two federal lawsuits challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the continued use of organochlorine pesticides. These two…

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Halt Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 18, 2008 (ENS) – Today, five environmental groups filed a lawsuit to compel the federal government and the state of Florida to set numeric limits on the excess nutrients which trigger harmful blooms of blue-green algae. Algae blooms are fouling Florida’s beaches, lakes, rivers, and springs, threatening public health, and closing swimming…

Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

ATLANTA, Georgia, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – A Fulton County Superior Court judge today issued a decision that blocks construction of the first coal-burning power plant proposed in Georgia in more than 20 years. The judge ruled that the new plant must limit its emissions of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide. This is the first…

Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2008 (ENS) – Health and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to adopt stronger standards for ground-level ozone proposed by the agency’s own scientists. The American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Appalachian Mountain…

Groups Contest Pollution Reporting Exemption for Factory Farms

Groups Contest Pollution Reporting Exemption for Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – More than 70 groups from 27 states are objecting to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would exempt factory farms from reporting emissions of hazardous gases from animal waste. The public interest law firm Earthjustice submitted formal comments on behalf of the groups, which include…

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

Absent Analysis, Forest Planning Rule Assumes No Impact

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental attorney Trent Orr of the nonprofit public interest law firm Earthjustice warns that the Bush administration is again attempting to remove key protections for U.S. national forests. This attempt was evident, he says, today, when the U.S. Forest Service released its court-ordered Final Environmental Impact Statement for…

Home Furnace Efficiency Standards Challenged as Weak

Home Furnace Efficiency Standards Challenged as Weak

NEW YORK, New York, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental advocates and state and city governments filed lawsuits Thursday to force the U.S. Department of Energy to adopt stronger energy efficiency standards for residential furnaces and boilers. The public interest law firm Earthjustice filed suit on behalf of Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, arguing that…

State Brownfields Practices Challenged in New York

State Brownfields Practices Challenged in New York

ALBANY, New York, December 31, 2007 (ENS) – Four environmental groups seeking stronger cleanup standards for brownfield properties are suing the state of New York. Their lawsuit challenges the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program that is intended to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of the thousands of boarded-up gas stations, decaying factories and other abandoned brownfield…

California Red-Legged Frog Jumps into Court

California Red-Legged Frog Jumps into Court

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 19, 2007 (ENS) – Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today in federal district court in San Francisco seeking to overturn a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce protected habitat for the California red-legged frog. The frog, dramatized in Mark Twain’s story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras…