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Historic Legislation Reintroduced in Congress to Ban Pesticides Dangerous to Children, Farmworkers

November 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced historic legislation today to protect children and farmworkers by banning dangerous pesticides like paraquat, neonicotinoids and organophosphates.

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Lawsuit Launched to Address Sewage Overflows in Alabama, Coosa River

November 18, 2021

GADSDEN, Ala.— Conservation and community groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the city of Gadsden, Alabama for years of Clean Water Act violations by the city’s wastewater-treatment system. The city’s failure to properly maintain its system has resulted in cracked sewer pipes, leaking manholes, blockages and pump-station failures.

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EPA: Two Most Widely Used Pesticides Likely Harm Majority of Endangered Species

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine and cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate are each likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Approval of Pennsylvania’s Flawed Plan for Reducing Asthma-Causing Smog From 8 Large Polluters

November 1, 2021

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Pennsylvania’s plan to clean up smog from eight industrial polluters, including a fracked gas facility.

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Lawsuit Launched to Reduce Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in Pennsylvania

October 27, 2021

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for approving Pennsylvania’s inadequate plan to clean up smog from the methane gas industry. The methane gas is mainly extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Legal Petition Challenges EPA Inaction on Factory Farm Air Pollution

October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— As President Biden continues to promise that his administration will address the climate crisis and protect the air we breathe from industrial polluters, 24 advocacy organizations are demanding his Environmental Protection Agency live up to that promise by doing more to protect communities from factory farms.

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Court of Appeal Rejects California’s Blanket Approval of Pesticide Spraying

October 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a major victory for health and environmental groups, California’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a statewide pesticide-spraying program violates the law by failing to study and minimize the threats from pesticides and to properly inform the public about the risks of spraying.

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Coalición internacional solicita a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que investigue las violaciones a derechos humanos de las mega fábricas de carne

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Grupos indígenas y de derechos humanos, ambientalistas, personas científicas, médicas y expertas en salud pública solicitaron hoy a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos que celebre una audiencia temática sobre los abusos de derechos humanos causados por las mega granjas o fábricas de carne, también conocidas como Operaciones Concentradas de Alimentación Animal, en toda América (incluyendo América del Norte y América del Sur).

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International Coalition Petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Investigate Factory Farm Abuses

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— Indigenous and human-rights groups, conservationists, scientists, doctors and public-health experts petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today to hold a formal hearing on human-rights abuses caused by factory farms, also known as industrial animal feeding operations, across North America and South America.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Protect Freshwater Endangered Species From Pesticides Applied Directly to Water

October 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing a Clean Water Act permit that fails to fully assess the risks posed to freshwater endangered species by pesticides applied directly to water.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Manatee County Over Proposal to Inject Toxic Waste From Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack Into Aquifer

September 29, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue Manatee County for its plan to inject toxic pollutants from the Piney Point phosphogypsum stack into the lower Floridan aquifer.

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American Bumblebee Takes Step Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

September 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the American bumblebee, whose populations have plummeted by nearly 90%, may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement kicks off a one-year status assessment of the species.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Reducing Smog Pollution in 10 Areas With Some of Nation’s Worst Air Quality

September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to find that 10 areas recently designated as in “serious” nonattainment for the Clean Air Act’s ozone standards missed deadlines to evaluate and reduce ozone pollution.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Deadly Pesticide for 15 More Years

September 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— Farmworker groups, environmentalists and health organizations represented by Earthjustice sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving the continued use of the deadly pesticide paraquat, which has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.

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Mobile Billboard to Be Launched Friday in Atlanta to Spotlight Proposed Mine’s Threat to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

September 16, 2021

ATLANTA— A mobile video billboard urging Georgians to help save the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from a proposed mine will begin a three-day tour of Atlanta on Friday.

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In Response to Lawsuit, EPA Pledges to Strengthen Standards for Slaughterhouse Water Pollution

September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a victory for clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late Wednesday that it will update water-pollution control standards for the slaughterhouse industry. The announcement follows a December 2019 lawsuit from community and conservation organizations challenging its prior decision not to do so.

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EPA: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Vast Majority of All Endangered Species

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three neonicotinoid insecticides likely harm all of the country’s 38 protected amphibians and roughly three fourths of all other endangered plants and animals, according to long-anticipated studies released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Lawsuit Launched Over EPA’s Delay in Fixing Colorado’s Plan to Reduce Smog, Acid Rain

August 18, 2021

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its delay in fixing Colorado’s flawed plan to protect people, wildlife and natural areas from smog and acid rain.

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Challenge Filed Over Vermont’s Refusal to Protect Endangered Bats From Deadly Insecticide Spraying

August 16, 2021

MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Natural Resources Council and Center for Biological Diversity sued Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources today for refusing to require the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District to apply for permission to harm five threatened and endangered Vermont bat species.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Control Air Pollution From Industrial Agriculture in Arizona

August 13, 2021

PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require Arizona to control air pollution from industrial agriculture via proper permitting across most of the state.

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North Carolina Air Regulators Eliminate Restrictions on Harmful Coal Emissions From UNC-Chapel Hill Power Plant

August 12, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has issued a new air-pollution permit for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant that eliminates crucial protections for local residents and the environment.

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Lawsuit Filed to Reduce Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Detroit, Baltimore

August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three public health and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that parts of Maryland and Michigan have effective plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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EPA Reapproves Pesticide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today reapproved paraquat, the most acutely lethal pesticide still in use.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Reduce Dangerous Smog Affecting Millions in California, Colorado

July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency committed today to steps that will ensure parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce smog.

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Gov. DeSantis Urged to Declare State of Emergency Due to Red Tide

July 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— More than two dozen local businesses and conservation groups today asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency due to the ongoing red tide and fish kills in and around Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg city council and mayor also have requested that the governor declare a state of emergency to help coordinate and fund desperately needed cleanup efforts and mitigate the worsening red tide.

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Groups Sue EPA Over Approval of Toxic Herbicide Citing Risks to Endangered Species, Drift Harms

July 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of trifludimoxazin.

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EPA Seeks Public Comments on Legal Petition to Cancel Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is opening a 60-day public comment period on a legal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets.

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EPA Withdraws Disastrous Trump-Era Radioactive Roads Approval

July 2, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Biden administration announced it is withdrawing approval given by the Trump administration to use phosphogypsum in construction. The retracted approval had allowed the use of toxic, radioactive waste in constructing roads in parts of the United States prone to sinkholes and erosion.

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Court Rejects USDA’s Attempt to Kill Lawsuit Challenging Weakened Pig-Slaughter Rules

June 28, 2021

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— A federal district court judge ruled today that a lawsuit challenging a 2019 decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to dramatically reduce federal oversight and eliminate line speed limits at pig slaughterhouses can move forward.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Protect People in Seven States From Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency committed to important steps under the Clean Air Act to protect people from dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution in seven states.

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Gov. DeSantis, Florida Regulators Sued for Mismanaging Toxic Waste at Piney Point, Endangering Public, Environment

June 24, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against Gov. Ron DeSantis, the acting secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings, LLC and the Manatee County Port Authority for the release of hundreds of tons of hazardous pollutants into Tampa Bay and groundwater.

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EPA Agrees to Ban Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide Propazine

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has reached an agreement to phase out the endocrine-disrupting pesticide propazine within one year.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Last-Minute Approval of Toxic Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Countries

June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

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Flea-Control Products Found to Be Infested With Forever Chemicals

June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— Popular pet flea collars and treatments contain high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals, according to laboratory test results posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Florida Billboard Launched to Raise Awareness of Radioactive Toxic Waste

May 27, 2021

ARCADIA, Fla.— A new billboard message highlighting the risks phosphate mining and phosphogypsum pose to communities, water and the environment has been installed along State Route 70 in DeSoto County. The 36-foot-wide billboard directs motorists to www.RadioactiveFlorida.org.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that adequate plans are in place to control pollution from the oil and methane gas industry in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, home to almost 35 million people.

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EPA Watchdog Report: Senior Staffers in Trump EPA Changed, Omitted Science During 2018 Review of Dicamba; Skipped Internal Peer-Review Process

May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON— A scathing report released today by a federal oversight agency revealed that high-ranking officials in the Trump Environmental Protection Agency purposely excluded scientific evidence of dicamba’s drift risks before reapproving its use in 2018.

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Legal Petition Urges EPA to Assess Pesticides’ Harms to Soil Health

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth U.S. filed a formal legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to incorporate a robust assessment of harm to soil ecosystems in pesticide regulatory decisions.

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As New Algae Bloom Spreads Across Lake Okeechobee, Florida Urged to Set Standards Critical to Protecting People, Wildlife From Harmful Toxins

May 19, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.― Conservation groups sent a letter today urging Florida officials to set water-quality standards for the harmful toxins in algal blooms that threaten the health of the state’s residents and wildlife.

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Lawsuit Launched to Reduce Asthma-Causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Detroit, Baltimore

May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups filed notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of Maryland and Michigan have effective plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings, Manatee County Port Authority Over Piney Point Disaster

May 18, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, HRK Holdings and the Manatee County Port Authority for releasing hundreds of tons of toxic pollutants into Tampa Bay and groundwater, endangering the public, marine ecosystems and protected species.

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UN Report: Methane Cuts Are Critical to Confronting Climate Emergency

May 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— Slashing emissions from methane, including from the fossil fuel industry, is far more critical than previously thought to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to a United Nations report released today.

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Expertos en salud pública y conservacionistas piden al Tribunal Supremo de México que defienda la suspensión de la operación de una granja de 49 mil cerdos en la península de Yucatán

May 5, 2021

CDMX, México— Grupos conservacionistas, científicos, médicos y expertos en salud pública presentaron hoy un escrito legal en la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación de México apoyando los reclamos constitucionales planteados por niñas y niños mayas, que se oponen a la aprobación y operación de una granja industrial de animales en la Península de Yucatán.

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Public Health Experts, Conservationists Ask Mexico’s Highest Court to Uphold Suspension of 49,000-Hog Industrial Animal Operation in Yucatán Peninsula

May 5, 2021

MEXICO CITY, Mexico— Conservation groups, scientists, doctors and public-health experts filed a legal brief with Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation today supporting constitutional claims raised by Mayan children who oppose approval and operation of an industrial animal operation in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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New Study: Agricultural Pesticides Cause Widespread Harm to Soil Health, Threaten Biodiversity

May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON— A new study published today by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds that pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change. Yet those harms are not considered by U.S. regulators.

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100-Plus Groups Demand Actions Critical to Protecting Endangered Species, Wildlife Refuges From Toxic Pesticides

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 groups sent three letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today outlining urgent actions needed to protect the nation’s wildlife and their habitats from dangerous pesticides.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Southeast Idaho Phosphate Mine

April 27, 2021

BOISE, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a decision made by the Trump administration to greenlight the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine in southeast Idaho.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Variable Cuckoo Bumblebee

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to the critically endangered variable cuckoo bumblebee.

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North Carolina Air Regulators Propose to Eliminate Restrictions on Harmful Coal Emissions From UNC-Chapel Hill Power Plant

April 26, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has proposed a new air-pollution permit for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant that eliminates crucial protections for local residents and the environment.

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Federal Analysis Finds Insecticide Malathion Imperils Continued Existence of 78 Endangered Plants, Animals

April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service analysis released today has found that the commonly used insecticide malathion jeopardizes the continued existence of 78 endangered plants and animals.

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New Study: Undisclosed Inert Ingredients in Some Popular Roundup Products Found to Be Highly Toxic to Bumblebees

April 16, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Popular herbicide products widely available at hardware and garden stores contain undisclosed “inert” ingredients that can kill bumblebees, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Refusal to Release Public Documents on Seresto Flea Collar Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to release documents regarding the Seresto flea and tick collar, which has generated more than 75,000 reports of harm ranging from skin irritation to death of pets.

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Congress Urged to Investigate Huge Wastewater Release, Threat of Catastrophic Collapse of Florida’s Piney Point Phosphogypsum Stack

April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation and public-health groups called on Congress today to investigate the near-collapse of the radioactive Piney Point phosphogypsum stack and the ongoing emergency caused by the discharge of hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater.

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Hike, Rally to Save Everglades’ Big Cypress Set for Saturday

April 8, 2021

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla.— At 9 a.m. on Saturday conservation advocates Betty Osceola and the Rev. Houston Cypress will lead environmental leaders and the media on a socially distanced hike in Big Cypress National Preserve along the route of a proposed oil well pad access road.

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Legal Petition Calls On EPA to Cancel Seresto Flea Collar Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

April 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal legal petition today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets.

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Instan a funcionarios mexicanos a responder a los reclamos de comunidades mayas por las violaciones a sus derechos soberanos por la construcción de granjas industriales porcinas en la península de Yucatán

April 7, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Greenpeace México presentaron una solicitud formal instando al gobierno mexicano a respetar el derecho soberano de las comunidades Indígenas, según la ley mexicana, a los derechos humanos básicos, incluida la autodeterminación y la consulta sobre la concesión de permisos y el funcionamiento de las granjas industriales en expansión en los estados de Yucatán, Campeche y Quintana Roo, así como atender la solicitud de los pueblos mayas de una moratoria sobre todas las aprobaciones de nuevas de granjas industriales porcinas y ampliaciones hasta que se resuelvan los problemas de los derechos del pueblo maya y el daño a la calidad del aire y el agua, la biodiversidad y la salud humana.

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Mexican Officials Urged to Address Violations of Mayan Sovereign Rights Caused by Construction of Industrial Pig Farms in Yucatán Peninsula

April 7, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace Mexico submitted a formal request today urging the Mexican government to respect the sovereign right of Indigenous communities under Mexican law and to basic human rights, including self-determination and consultation, on the permitting and operation of industrial pig farms in the states of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Reduce Smog Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago

April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require adequate smog controls for the oil and methane gas industry in the Metro Chicago area and five parts of California. Many of these areas, which together are home to more than 26 million people, already have some of the worst air quality in the country.

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400 Groups Petition EPA to Control Methane, Ethane Pollution

April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 400 groups, representing tens of millions of people, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to control harmful methane and ethane emissions that are the largest industrial source of compounds causing ozone pollution, also known as smog.

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Imminent Failure of Phosphogypsum Stack in Tampa Bay Exposes Phosphate Industry Risks

April 3, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Manatee County officials have issued evacuation orders for the area surrounding Florida’s Piney Point in anticipation of the imminent catastrophic collapse of a phosphogypsum stack retention pond holding up to 700 million gallons of wastewater.

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WHO Report: Wildlife Exploitation Likely Caused COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2021

GENEVA— The SARS-CoV-2 virus likely originated from human exploitation of wildlife, according to today’s findings from a World Health Organization-led investigation.

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More Than 100 Conservation Groups, Businesses Urge Interior’s Haaland to Reject Oil-drilling in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve

March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 100 conservation groups and businesses urged the U.S. Department of the Interior today to deny requests to drill for oil in Big Cypress National Preserve. The preserve, which is part of the greater Everglades region and a unit of the National Park System, provides vital habitat for endangered Florida panthers and Florida bonneted bats.

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New Federal Study: Extremely Toxic Pesticide Breakdown Products Found in 90% of Streams Sampled Across U.S.

March 26, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— Pesticides and their highly toxic, long-lived breakdown products were found in 90% of the 442 U.S. streams sampled by federal scientists, according to a new study published this week by a journal of the American Chemical Society.

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Demanda impugna la aprobación de la EPA sobre el uso de antibióticos de importancia médica como plaguicida en cultivos de cítricos

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— Una coalición de grupos de interés público, incluidos trabajadores agrícolas, organizaciones de conservación y justicia de la salud, demandó hoy a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA por sus siglas en inglés) por aprobar la fumigación generalizada de estreptomicina, un antibiótico de importancia médica, en árboles de cítricos para prevenir o tratar la enfermedad del enverdecimiento de los cítricos o cancro de los cítricos.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of Use of Medically Important Antibiotic as Pesticide on Citrus Crops

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— A coalition of public-interest groups, including farmworker, health-justice and conservation organizations, sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving widespread spraying of streptomycin, a medically important antibiotic, on citrus trees to prevent or treat citrus greening disease or citrus canker.

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Lawsuit Challenges Colorado’s Rubber-stamping of Air Pollution Permits for Oil, Fracked Gas Wells

March 16, 2021

DENVER— Conservation groups sued the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division today for issuing an air-pollution permit that will potentially allow thousands of new oil and fracked gas wells throughout the state.

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Facebook Live Workshop on Radioactive Phosphogypsum Pollution March 8

March 5, 2021

TAMPA, Fla.— Conservation, public-health and faith-based community groups will host an online workshop at 8 p.m. EST on Monday, March 8 to share information about how radioactive phosphogypsum waste threatens their communities and how people can collectively fight back.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Eleventh-hour Approval of Dangerous Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Countries

March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Public-interest groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its rushed decision in the final days of the Trump administration to reapprove previously cancelled uses of the dangerous pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Wildlife, Plants From Dangerous Smog

February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to assess harms to endangered plants and animals when determining the national air pollution standard for smog.

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Center for Biological Diversity Endorses Oregon Bill to End Mink Farming, Compensate State's Few Remaining Producers

February 25, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity has endorsed a bill by Oregon state Sen. Floyd Prozanski to phase out mink farming in the state by the end of the year. The legislation, Senate Bill 832, follows similar actions taken by Ireland and the Netherlands to permanently close all mink farms and discontinue mink-breeding programs in order to protect public health against the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. A report published in Science in January determined that the virus is transmissible between mink and humans. If lawmakers adopted this bill, Oregon would lead the nation by being the first state to adopt a prohibition on mink farming, joining other nations that have banned the practice.

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Opening Brief Filed in Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration’s Expansion of Bee-killing Insecticide Sulfoxaflor

February 17, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed the opening brief yesterday in their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the pollinator-killing insecticide sulfoxaflor.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA Approval of Pennsylvania’s Flawed, Outdated Plan for Reducing Dangerous Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries

February 12, 2021

PHILADELPHIA— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Pennsylvania’s inadequate, outdated plan to clean up smog from the methane gas industry.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in Six States

February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that adequate plans are in place to control air pollution from the oil and methane gas industry in six states.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Ensuring Smog Reduction in California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Hampshire

February 10, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a legal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that numerous major metropolitan regions have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Wildlife, Plants From Dangerous Soot

February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to assess harm to endangered plants and animals when determining the national air pollution standard for soot.

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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for American Bumblebee

February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to grant Endangered Species Act protection to the American bumblebee.

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Oregon Officials Petitioned to Add Farmed Mink to State Prohibited Species List

January 15, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a rulemaking petition today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to add mink to the state’s prohibited species list.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight Trump EPA’s Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— Two conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require adequate pollution controls for the oil and methane gas industry in Chicago and six areas of California — together home to more than 26 million people. Many of these areas already have some of the worst air quality in the country.

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Trump EPA Approves Treating Citrus With Dangerous Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Nations, Medically Important Antibiotic

January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency has approved use of the dangerous, previously-cancelled pesticide aldicarb and the medically important antibiotic streptomycin on citrus.

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Federal Court Rejects Bid by EPA, Pesticide Industry to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide Sulfoxaflor on Market Despite Risks to Endangered Species

January 12, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s request to allow farmers to continue using the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor while the agency assessed the pesticide’s harm to endangered species.

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Lawsuit Challenges Colorado’s Rubber-stamping of Air Pollution Permits for Oil, Fracked Gas Wells

January 7, 2021

DENVER— Conservation and social-justice groups sued the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division today for issuing an air-pollution permit that will potentially allow thousands of oil and fracked gas wells throughout the state.

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Court Orders Trump’s EPA to Redo Approval of Colorado’s Flawed Plan to Reduce Smog, Acid Rain

January 5, 2021

DENVER— A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to redo its approval of Colorado’s flawed plan to protect people and the state’s treasured natural areas from smog and acid rain.

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New California Law Protecting Animals From Super-toxic Rat Poisons Takes Effect in 2021

December 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Increased safeguards to protect California’s native wildlife and domestic animals from super-toxic rat poisons will begin on January 1, 2021. The California Ecosystems Protection Act (A.B. 1788) places important restrictions on the use of super-toxic rodenticides, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, to protect the state’s animals.

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Colorado Officials Admit State’s Smog-reduction Plan Already Failed to Protect Colorado From Deadly Pollution, Then Approve It Anyway

December 22, 2020

DENVER— The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission has approved a plan that was supposed to reduce smog in the North Front Range by this past summer, even though state officials knew the plan had already failed to deliver the required pollution reductions.

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Farmers, Conservation Groups Challenge EPA’s Unlawful Re-approval of Dangerous, Drift-Prone Dicamba Pesticide

December 21, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO-- Four public interest groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s rushed re-approval of products containing the dangerous, drift-prone dicamba pesticide.

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Inspector General Urged to Reopen Investigation Into Secretary Bernhardt’s Role in Delaying Protections for Endangered Species From Pesticides

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON— Citing newly obtained documents revealing that the White House worked with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to stall protections for 1,400 endangered species from pesticides, the Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the Inspector General reopen a 2019 investigation into whether the delays were appropriate.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Approval of Radioactive Roads

December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Environmental, public health and union groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for approving the use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads. The groups also petitioned the agency to reconsider its Oct. 20 approval.

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In Gift to Frackers, Gov. Polis Refuses to Push for Speedier Smog Protections

December 17, 2020

DENVER— Gov. Jared Polis has announced he will not urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act swiftly to protect the Denver Metro/North Front Range area by raising the smog protection level from serious to severe.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for Critically Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee

December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas today issued a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for refusing to designate critical habitat for the highly endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

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Lawsuit Launched Against EPA to Protect Endangered Aquatic Species From Cadmium Pollution

December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to assess harms to endangered species before nearly tripling the levels of dangerous cadmium pollution that are allowed in U.S. waters.

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EPA to Consider Reapproving Previously Banned Use of Extremely Toxic Pesticide Aldicarb on Citrus Trees in Florida, Texas

December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— In what will likely be the first major pesticide decision under the Biden Environmental Protection Agency, the agency will consider allowing use of the dangerous, previously cancelled pesticide aldicarb on citrus trees in Florida and Texas.

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Legal Appeal Filed to Block Massive Expansion of Colorado’s Colowyo Coal Mine

December 8, 2020

DENVER— Conservation groups filed an appeal today of a district court ruling allowing an approximately 2,000-acre expansion of the Colowyo coal mine in northwestern Colorado.

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Legal Filing Challenges EPA, Pesticide Industry Push to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide on Market

December 8, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity filed an opposition brief late Monday in their ongoing litigation challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor.

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Oregon Officials Urged to Stop Withholding Information Critical to Protecting Public Health After COVID-19 Outbreak at Oregon Mink Operation

December 2, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority urging the release of information on a November outbreak of COVID-19 at a 12,000-animal mink-fur farming operation in Oregon.

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EPA Finds Glyphosate Is Likely to Injure or Kill 93% of Endangered Species

November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biological evaluation today finding that glyphosate is likely to injure or kill 93% of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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EPA Petitioned to Rescind Industry-friendly Guidance Document That OKs Ignoring Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species

November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to withdraw a 2004 guidance document that allows the agency to ignore pesticides’ harms to the nation’s most endangered animals and plants.

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Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Ensuring Smog-reduction in California, Colorado

November 18, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Oregon Officials Urged to Investigate Risks of COVID-19 Outbreaks, Potential Mutations at Mink Farms

November 6, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter today urging the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority to investigate the threat of COVID-19 outbreaks and viral mutations at the state’s mink-fur farming operations.

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EPA: Widely Used Pesticide Atrazine Likely Harms More Than 1,000 Endangered Species

November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment today finding that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine is likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Rollback of Limits on Toxic Water Pollution From Power Plants

November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON— Nine conservation groups representing millions of people sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its decision to drastically weaken national standards limiting toxic water pollution, including arsenic and selenium, from coal-fired power plants.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA Reapproval of Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine

October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— Public-interest groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today over its decision to reapprove atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world.

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Lawsuit Filed Against EPA to Protect People in Seven States From Asthma-causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— Three conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to meet congressionally mandated deadlines for enforcing reductions in dangerous sulfur dioxide air pollution, which is largely caused by burning fossil fuels.

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EPA Reapproves Dangerous, Drift-prone Dicamba Pesticides Recently Banned by Federal Court for Causing Widespread Economic Harm to Farmers

October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced today the reapproval of three products containing the drift-prone, herbicide dicamba for use on Monsanto’s genetically engineered, dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Dangerous New Fungicide

October 23, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a toxic new fungicide without fully addressing its lethal effects on endangered wildlife.

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EPA Reapproves Dozens of Ultra-toxic Pesticides

October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved dozens of toxic pesticides today that are known to cause serious harm to people, wildlife and the environment.

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Court Denies UNC’s Request to Dismiss Claims That University’s Power Plant Burned More Coal Than Permitted

October 22, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— A federal district court judge has denied a motion by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to dismiss claims that its power plant burned more coal than permitted.

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Youth Leader Nalleli Cobo Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism

October 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity has awarded the 2020 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to Nalleli Cobo.

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EPA Agrees to Crack Down on Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in Eight States

October 22, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO— A federal court has approved an agreement between conservation groups and the Environmental Protection Agency requiring the agency to ensure reductions in asthma-causing smog from oil and fracked gas extraction across portions of eight states.

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Lawsuit Forces EPA to Jump-start Work to Clean Up Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Guam

October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— In response to a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will ensure that parts of Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and Guam have plans for cleaning up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide air pollution.

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Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Protecting Wild Animals from Super-toxic Rat Poisons

September 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the California Ecosystems Protection Act (AB 1788) into law today, placing greater restrictions — with limited exceptions — on the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides to protect the state’s native wildlife.

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Documents: Powerful Pro-pesticide Groups Shaped U.S. Push to Weaken International Oversight of Medically Important Antibiotics

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON— U.S. efforts to weaken international guidelines on the use of medically important antibiotics in food production were heavily influenced by powerful agribusiness trade groups like CropLife America that advocate for use of antibiotics as pesticides, according to public records obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Advocates Demand Regulation of Toxic Neonic-treated Seeds

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A group of health and environmental organizations filed a legal petition today calling upon the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to regulate the planting of crop seeds coated with neurotoxic neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) and close a loophole that allows the unchecked use of neonic-treated seeds in California’s farms. The petition follows a scientific report released today finding these seeds may result in the use of over half a million pounds of unregulated pesticides per year in the state.

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Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine to Be Banned in Hawaii, Five U.S. Territories, Prohibited on Conifers, Roadsides

September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine will be banned in Hawaii and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the North Mariana Islands.

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EPA Scraps Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved the pesticide atrazine today, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people.

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Administration Sued for Records Detailing U.S. Role on Behalf of Glyphosate-maker Bayer in Pressuring Thailand to Reverse Plan to Ban Pesticide

September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the administration for public records detailing the U.S. government’s efforts on behalf of Bayer, the maker of the herbicide glyphosate, to convince Thailand last year to reverse its planned ban of the cancer-linked chemical.

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Thousands of Californians Call on Governor to Sign Bill That Protects Wildlife From Toxic Rat Poisons

September 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups delivered more than 10,000 California signatures to Gov. Gavin Newsom today asking him to sign a bill that would ban highly toxic rodenticides until state agencies develop common-sense safeguards to protect wildlife from the dangerous, long-lasting poisons.

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Congress Urged to Provide Immediate Pandemic Relief to U.S Food, Farm, Fish Systems

September 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— While the U.S. Senate was out on recess, a broad coalition of over 160 organizations warned in a letter addressed to congressional leaders of dire consequences for the American food, farm, and fish systems — and the historically underserved communities that make them work — unless Congress acts now to provide immediate pandemic relief.

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Wildlife From Super-toxic Rat Poisons

September 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California legislature has passed a bill that would place a moratorium on super-toxic rodenticides until state agencies can develop better safeguards to protect wildlife from the dangerous, long-lasting poisons.

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA Decision to Dismiss Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species

August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue today over the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Revised Methods” for assessing pesticide risks to endangered species.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Delay in Ensuring That Rules to Reduce Smog Are in Place for California, Colorado

August 27, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that parts of California and Colorado have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution.

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Emergency Legal Petition Filed With USDA to End Cruel Farm ‘Depopulation’ Methods

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— A coalition led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an emergency petition today with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent COVID-19 relief funds, resources and any other forms of support from facilitating or compensating for the costs of ventilation shutdown or water-based foam “depopulation” — the mass killing of animals on factory farms. It also asks the agency to withhold COVID-19 relief funds, resources, and any other forms of support from integrators, processors, and meatpackers that order or permit ventilation shutdown or water-based foam depopulation.

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Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period

August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 350,000 pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides were sprayed on more than 363,000 acres of crops on America’s national wildlife refuges in 2018, a 34% increase over the acreage sprayed in 2016, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis released today.

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Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Clean Up Ventura County Smog

August 24, 2020

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.— Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to require reductions of asthma-causing smog pollution in California’s Ventura County, which is home to more than 850,000 people.

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Legal Petition Urges U.S. Forest Service to Protect Native Bees, Stop Rubber-stamping Commercial Beehives on Federal Lands

July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a formal legal petition today urging the U.S. Forest Service to stop allowing the placement of hundreds of commercial honeybee hives on national forest lands without proper environmental review.

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New Air Pollution Violation Revealed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Coal Plant

July 6, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today filed an amended complaint highlighting a previously undisclosed violation of the Clean Air Act by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s coal-fired power plant.

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Federal Court Holds Dicamba Pesticide Unlawful, Citing Unprecedented Drift Damage to Millions of Acres

June 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO– The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today ruled that the Trump administration wrongly approved Monsanto’s pesticide dicamba for use on genetically engineered soy and cotton – a decision that makes the sale and use of the pesticide illegal.

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National Institutes of Health Study Links Dicamba, Increased Cancer Risks

May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found that use of the pesticide dicamba can increase the risk of developing numerous cancers, including liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancers, acute and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and mantle cell lymphoma.

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Washington Enacts Law to Protect Rivers, Endangered Salmon From Suction Dredge Mining

March 24, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill prohibiting suction dredge mining in rivers and streams that provide important habitat for endangered salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

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Trump Administration Slashes Protections for Millions of Acres of Streams, Wetlands

January 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration finalized a plan today to slash Clean Water Act protections for streams, rivers and millions of acres of wetlands, allowing those water bodies to be destroyed or polluted without any meaningful restrictions.

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Louisiana Issues Air-pollution Permits for Formosa Plastics Plant

January 7, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today issued air-pollution permits for a massive petrochemical complex that Formosa Plastics wants to build in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

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Center for Biological Diversity Endorses Impossible, Beyond Burgers

December 11, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today released a statement of support for plant-based meats, including the Impossible and Beyond burgers.

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National Coalition to Announce Legal Challenge to Plastic Plant Pollution at San Francisco EPA Office

December 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO― More than 350 community and conservation organizations from around the country will announce a major new legal challenge to pollution from industrial plants that create plastic tomorrow in San Francisco.

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Lawsuit Launched Against Trump’s EPA for Failing to Enforce Smog Rules in California

November 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that parts of California have effective plans to reduce dangerous smog pollution­.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Failure to Recognize Plastic Pollution in Hawaiian Waters

October 31, 2019

HONOLULU—The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect Hawaiian waters contaminated by plastic pollution.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Efforts to Avoid Curbing Risks From Dangerous Pesticide Malathion

October 15, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal district court in Oakland today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect endangered wildlife and the environment from the dangerous pesticide malathion.

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Trump EPA’s Paraquat Review Ignores Strong Links to Parkinson’s Disease

October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency today released two scientific analyses of paraquat that detail the weed killer’s lethal risks to humans and wildlife but discount its strong links to Parkinson’s disease.

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Formosa Plastics Settles Texas Pollution Case for $50 Million, No More Plastic Releases

October 15, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas— Formosa Plastics today settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by a former shrimper and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper challenging its extensive plastic pollution of waterways around its Point Comfort, Texas plant. Under the $50 million settlement, Formosa is paying for pollution cleanup and promises no future discharges of plastic pellets or other plastic materials from the plant.

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Colorado Slaughterhouse Warned of Lawsuit After Clean Air Act Violations

October 1, 2019

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch today sent a formal notice of their intent to sue JBS USA and the JBS-Swift Beef Company for Clean Air Act violations at its Greeley Beef Plant.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Approval of Bee-killing Pesticide, GE Crop Uses on National Wildlife Refuges

September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety sued the Trump administration today for approving the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and pesticide-intensive genetically engineered crops on national wildlife refuges.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro from UNC’s Coal Plant Pollution

September 17, 2019

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for violations of the Clean Air Act.

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Agreement Reached to Protect Community, Wildlife From Southern California Warehouse Project

September 16, 2019

FONTANA, Calif.— Conservation groups and UST-CB Partners, a development company, reached an agreement today over a controversial warehouse project in the Southern California city of Fontana that threatened local communities and wildlife habitat.

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Formosa Plastics’ Proposed Louisiana Plant Gets Permit to Destroy Wetlands

September 10, 2019

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Clean Water Act permit for Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed plastic plant in St. James Parish, La. This federal permit authorizes the company to dredge and fill sensitive wetlands along the Mississippi River.

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Trump’s EPA Proposes to Keep Ignoring Harmful, Increased Toxicities of Pesticide Combinations

September 9, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed guidelines today to allow the agency to continue ignoring the heightened toxic effects on plants, bees and other wildlife when pesticides are mixed.

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Farmers, Conservationists Challenge Approval of Monsanto’s Crop-damaging Dicamba Pesticide

August 14, 2019

WASHINGTON— Four public-interest organizations representing farmers and conservationists have made their legal case in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto. The opening brief, filed late Tuesday, challenges the approval of a pesticide that was designed to be sprayed on soybeans and cotton crops genetically engineered by Monsanto to tolerate being sprayed with dicamba.

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Trump Visit to Plastic Plant Ignores Pollution Crisis, Outdated Federal Rules

August 13, 2019

MONACA, Pa.― President Donald Trump’s visit today to a massive plastics plant being built in Pennsylvania by Royal Dutch Shell ignores the plastic pollution and toxic chemicals such plants are allowed to release under decades-old federal regulations. Local groups protested today’s visit and the petrochemical industry’s plan to increase U.S. plastic production using the oversupply of fracked natural gas.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Failure to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog

August 13, 2019

VENTURA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif.

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Trump Administration Ends Long-standing Safeguards Protecting Kids from Dangerous Class of Pesticides

August 2, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will end long-running safeguards meant to protect children from harmful pesticide ingredients used in bug sprays, pet shampoos and on fruits and vegetables.

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Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON― More than 270 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict new water-pollution limits for industrial plants that create plastic.

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Congresswoman Velázquez Introduces Bill to Ban Pesticide Linked to Parkinson’s

July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation to ban paraquat, an extremely toxic herbicide that has been shown to more than double the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in farmworkers and others suffering occupational exposure.

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Louisiana to Hold Hearing on Massive Formosa Plastics Toxic Chemical Complex

July 8, 2019

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Louisiana will hold a public hearing on issuing 15 air permits for Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics. The massive proposed complex would be one of the largest and most toxic plastic production facilities in the world.

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Public-interest Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways From Slaughterhouse Pollution

July 2, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update slaughterhouse wastewater guidelines as required by the Clean Water Act.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Exempt Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution

July 1, 2019

WASHINGTON— Community and conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for overstepping its authority in exempting factory farms from pollution-reporting requirements essential to public safety, environmental health and animal welfare.

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Federal Court Rules Formosa Plastics Is Liable for Plastic Pollution in Texas

June 28, 2019

VICTORIA, Texas— A federal judge in Texas on Thursday found Formosa Plastics liable for polluting Texas waterways with billions of plastic pellets from its plant in Point Comfort. The Taiwanese company is currently seeking permits to build an even larger plastic-making plant along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, La., a project strongly opposed by local residents and national conservation groups.

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Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Arkansas Ag-Gag Law

June 25, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Equality, Center for Biological Diversity and Food Chain Workers Alliance filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s “ag-gag” law. The law prohibits undercover investigations that expose abuses at factory farms and other businesses throughout the state.

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Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres

June 17, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced so-called “emergency” approvals today to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide it considers “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees.

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Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee

June 11, 2019

FT. PIERCE, Fla.— Conservation groups sued three federal agencies today for failing to address harm to Florida’s endangered species from Lake Okeechobee releases containing toxic algae.

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Appeals Court Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Relying on New Permit Issued by President Trump

June 6, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a legal challenge to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, ruling the case was no longer active due to President Trump’s revocation of the permit at the center of the case. In March, Trump issued a new “presidential” permit for Keystone XL, in an effort to spur construction of the pipeline.

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New Study: United States Uses 85 Pesticides Outlawed in Other Countries

June 6, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore.— The United States allows the use of 85 pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the European Union, China or Brazil, according to a peer-reviewed study published today by the academic journal Environmental Health.

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Federal Appeals Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Lead Ammo Use in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest

May 30, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Ruling in favor of conservation groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today allowed a lawsuit to move forward challenging the use of lead ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest.

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Louisiana Announces Air-pollution Hearing for Formosa Plastics Plant

May 24, 2019

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today announced a public hearing and comment period to consider granting an air-pollution permit to a massive plant Formosa Plastics wants to build in St. James Parish.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect South Platte River From Colorado Slaughterhouse Pollution

May 23, 2019

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the JBS-Swift Beef Company to stop illegal discharges of slaughterhouse pollution into Colorado’s South Platte River.

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Florida Petitioned to Protect People From Harmful Algae Blooms

May 23, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.― The Center for Biological Diversity, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Calusa Waterkeeper petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection today to protect the public from toxins in the harmful algal blooms that keep reoccurring in the state.

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Lawsuit Pushes Trump EPA to Address Asthma-causing Air Pollution in Phoenix, Northern California

May 22, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to address smog and soot pollution affecting more than 1.5 million people in Arizona and Northern California.

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Rallies in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Oppose Trump's Oil-leasing Plan for California

May 20, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Environmental and community groups joined by elected officials will hold rallies this week to blast the Trump administration’s draft plan to open more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The rallies will precede each of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s public hearings in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

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Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 27 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California

May 17, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The closure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline after it ruptured four years ago has prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere. That’s roughly equivalent to operating two coal-fired power plants in California over the same period — or burning almost 30 billion pounds of coal.

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development

May 16, 2019

BONANZA, Utah— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit says officials failed to protect several endangered species when they approved rights-of-way across public lands to provide utilities to the proposed oil shale development.

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Court Order Sought to Stop Rosemont Mine Construction in Arizona

May 16, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups and tribes Wednesday asked a federal court to prevent construction from starting on the Rosemont Copper Mine in southern Arizona until a judge rules on pending lawsuits filed by the parties.

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Study: Antibiotics Proposed for Pesticide Use by Trump EPA Can Facilitate Resistance in Lethal Bacteria

May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON— A federal study has found that medically important antibiotics the EPA has proposed to re-approve for expanded pesticide use on crops can facilitate antibiotic resistance in bacteria that pose “urgent” and “serious” threats to human health.

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Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife

May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a set of proposed changes that would dramatically reduce protections for the nation’s most endangered plants and animals from pesticides known to harm them. The proposals ignore the real-world, science-based assessments of pesticides’ harms, instead relying on arbitrary industry-created models.

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Records Sought on EPA Proposal to Reapprove Cancer-linked Pesticide

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today asked the Trump administration for public records to assess the pesticide industry’s influence on the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reapprove the cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate.

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Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-killing 'Cyanide Bombs'

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON— More than 99.9 percent of people commenting on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reauthorize sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s support a ban on these “cyanide bombs,” according to an analysis released today.

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Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration's Refusal to Release Documents on Pesticides

May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed four lawsuits today challenging the Trump administration’s failure to release a trove of documents detailing how the administration is regulating dangerous pesticides, especially as they relate to endangered species.

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