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    How ‘Freeway Revolts’ Helped Create the People’s Environmental Law

    How ‘Freeway Revolts’ Helped Create the People’s Environmental Law

    By Teju Adisa-Farrar & Raul Garcia In the summer of 1969 a banner hung over a set of condemned homes in what was then the predominantly black and brown Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC. It read, “White man’s roads through black men’s homes.” Earlier in the year, the District attempted to condemn the houses to […]

    Judge Rebukes Trump’s Attack on Public Lands, Rules Coal Mining Push Illegal

    Judge Rebukes Trump’s Attack on Public Lands, Rules Coal Mining Push Illegal

    By Julia Conley Green groups on Saturday celebrated the latest federal ruling aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from rolling back environmental regulations that were put in place by his predecessor. Judge Brian Morris issued a ruling late Friday stating that the Interior Department broke federal law when it lifted former President Barack Obama’s moratorium […]

    What a Real Coal Ash Cleanup Looks Like

    What a Real Coal Ash Cleanup Looks Like

    By Emilie Karrick Surrusco The toxic mess left behind from burning coal is a growing, nationwide problem. But we’re seeing that state governments can be convinced to do the right thing and clean it up. Recently, North Carolina joined its neighboring state to become a trendsetter in the proper disposal of coal ash waste. Following […]

    Proposed Detention Center for Child Migrants Contaminated With Lead and Other Pollutants

    Proposed Detention Center for Child Migrants Contaminated With Lead and Other Pollutants

    A site that the Trump administration proposed as a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is contaminated with several pollutants that could harm the children’s health, a report released by EarthJustice on Tuesday found. In June 2018, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the government was preparing to house unaccompanied children at Goodfellow Air […]

    Wheeler’s EPA Keeps Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos in Food

    Wheeler’s EPA Keeps Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos in Food

    Health and labor organizations will have to argue again in court that chlorpyrifos, a brain-damaging pesticide, must be banned from all food uses, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The decision comes four months after Andrew Wheeler’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the court to rehear the case either by the three-judge […]

    Massive Arizona Sprawl Development Threatens ‘Oasis in the Desert’

    Massive Arizona Sprawl Development Threatens ‘Oasis in the Desert’

    Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit that allows a huge master-planned sprawl development project near Benson, Arizona to proceed. The Villages at Vigneto would transform 12,167 acres of largely undeveloped habitat into 28,000 residences, 3 million square feet of commercial space, four golf courses, […]

    Arctic Refuge Oil Surveys Put Polar Bears in the Crosshairs

    Arctic Refuge Oil Surveys Put Polar Bears in the Crosshairs

    By Rebecca Bowe Send an army of industry workers into remote polar bear territory in the dead of winter, and things are not going to end well. Yet that’s just what the Trump administration would open the door to as it prepares for oil and gas drilling and moves to authorize seismic testing, a precursor […]