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Oregon Officials Petitioned to Add Farmed Mink to State Prohibited Species List
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Fight Trump EPA’s Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago
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.Read more.
Trump EPA Approves Treating Citrus With Dangerous Pesticide Banned in More Than 100 Nations, Medically Important Antibiotic
WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency has approved use of the dangerous, previously-cancelled pesticide aldicarb and the medically important antibiotic streptomycin on citrus.Read more.
Federal Court Rejects Bid by EPA, Pesticide Industry to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide Sulfoxaflor on Market Despite Risks to Endangered Species
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Colorado’s Rubber-stamping of Air Pollution Permits for Oil, Fracked Gas Wells
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.Read more.
Court Orders Trump’s EPA to Redo Approval of Colorado’s Flawed Plan to Reduce Smog, Acid Rain
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.Read more.
New California Law Protecting Animals From Super-toxic Rat Poisons Takes Effect in 2021
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.Read more.
Colorado Officials Admit State’s Smog-reduction Plan Already Failed to Protect Colorado From Deadly Pollution, Then Approve It Anyway
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.Read more.
Farmers, Conservation Groups Challenge EPA’s Unlawful Re-approval of Dangerous, Drift-Prone Dicamba Pesticide
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.Read more.
Inspector General Urged to Reopen Investigation Into Secretary Bernhardt’s Role in Delaying Protections for Endangered Species From Pesticides
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Approval of Radioactive Roads
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.Read more.
In Gift to Frackers, Gov. Polis Refuses to Push for Speedier Smog Protections
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Habitat for Critically Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Against EPA to Protect Endangered Aquatic Species From Cadmium Pollution
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.Read more.
EPA to Consider Reapproving Previously Banned Use of Extremely Toxic Pesticide Aldicarb on Citrus Trees in Florida, Texas
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.Read more.
Legal Appeal Filed to Block Massive Expansion of Colorado’s Colowyo Coal Mine
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.Read more.
Legal Filing Challenges EPA, Pesticide Industry Push to Keep Bee-killing Pesticide on Market
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.Read more.
Oregon Officials Urged to Stop Withholding Information Critical to Protecting Public Health After COVID-19 Outbreak at Oregon Mink Operation
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.Read more.
EPA Finds Glyphosate Is Likely to Injure or Kill 93% of Endangered Species
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.Read more.
EPA Petitioned to Rescind Industry-friendly Guidance Document That OKs Ignoring Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Fight EPA’s Delay in Ensuring Smog-reduction in California, Colorado
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.Read more.
Oregon Officials Urged to Investigate Risks of COVID-19 Outbreaks, Potential Mutations at Mink Farms
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.Read more.
EPA: Widely Used Pesticide Atrazine Likely Harms More Than 1,000 Endangered Species
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges EPA Rollback of Limits on Toxic Water Pollution From Power Plants
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges EPA Reapproval of Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Filed Against EPA to Protect People in Seven States From Asthma-causing Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution
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.Read more.
EPA Reapproves Dangerous, Drift-prone Dicamba Pesticides Recently Banned by Federal Court for Causing Widespread Economic Harm to Farmers
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Dangerous New Fungicide
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.Read more.
EPA Reapproves Dozens of Ultra-toxic Pesticides
WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved dozens of toxic pesticides today that are known to cause serious harm to people, wildlife and the environment.Read more.
Court Denies UNC’s Request to Dismiss Claims That University’s Power Plant Burned More Coal Than Permitted
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.Read more.
Youth Leader Nalleli Cobo Honored With Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity has awarded the 2020 “Rose Braz Award for Bold Activism” to Nalleli Cobo.Read more.
EPA Agrees to Crack Down on Smog From Oil, Fracked Gas in Eight States
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Forces EPA to Jump-start Work to Clean Up Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Indiana, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Guam
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.Read more.
Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Protecting Wild Animals from Super-toxic Rat Poisons
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.Read more.
Documents: Powerful Pro-pesticide Groups Shaped U.S. Push to Weaken International Oversight of Medically Important Antibiotics
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.Read more.
Advocates Demand Regulation of Toxic Neonic-treated Seeds
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.Read more.
Endocrine-disrupting Pesticide Atrazine to Be Banned in Hawaii, Five U.S. Territories, Prohibited on Conifers, Roadsides
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.Read more.
EPA Scraps Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer
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.Read more.
Administration Sued for Records Detailing U.S. Role on Behalf of Glyphosate-maker Bayer in Pressuring Thailand to Reverse Plan to Ban Pesticide
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.Read more.
Thousands of Californians Call on Governor to Sign Bill That Protects Wildlife From Toxic Rat Poisons
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.Read more.
Congress Urged to Provide Immediate Pandemic Relief to U.S Food, Farm, Fish Systems
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.Read more.
California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Wildlife From Super-toxic Rat Poisons
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Challenging EPA Decision to Dismiss Pesticides’ Harms to Endangered Species
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Delay in Ensuring That Rules to Reduce Smog Are in Place for California, Colorado
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.Read more.
Emergency Legal Petition Filed With USDA to End Cruel Farm ‘Depopulation’ Methods
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.Read more.
Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Clean Up Ventura County Smog
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.Read more.
Legal Petition Urges U.S. Forest Service to Protect Native Bees, Stop Rubber-stamping Commercial Beehives on Federal Lands
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.Read more.
New Air Pollution Violation Revealed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Coal Plant
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.Read more.
Federal Court Holds Dicamba Pesticide Unlawful, Citing Unprecedented Drift Damage to Millions of Acres
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.Read more.
National Institutes of Health Study Links Dicamba, Increased Cancer Risks
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.Read more.
Washington Enacts Law to Protect Rivers, Endangered Salmon From Suction Dredge Mining
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.Read more.
Trump Administration Slashes Protections for Millions of Acres of Streams, Wetlands
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.Read more.
Louisiana Issues Air-pollution Permits for Formosa Plastics Plant
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.Read more.
Center for Biological Diversity Endorses Impossible, Beyond Burgers
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity today released a statement of support for plant-based meats, including the Impossible and Beyond burgers.Read more.
National Coalition to Announce Legal Challenge to Plastic Plant Pollution at San Francisco EPA Office
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Against Trump’s EPA for Failing to Enforce Smog Rules in California
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Failure to Recognize Plastic Pollution in Hawaiian Waters
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.Read more.
Court Rejects Trump Administration Efforts to Avoid Curbing Risks From Dangerous Pesticide Malathion
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.Read more.
Trump EPA’s Paraquat Review Ignores Strong Links to Parkinson’s Disease
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.Read more.
Formosa Plastics Settles Texas Pollution Case for $50 Million, No More Plastic Releases
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.Read more.
Colorado Slaughterhouse Warned of Lawsuit After Clean Air Act Violations
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Approval of Bee-killing Pesticide, GE Crop Uses on National Wildlife Refuges
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro from UNC’s Coal Plant Pollution
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.Read more.
Agreement Reached to Protect Community, Wildlife From Southern California Warehouse Project
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.Read more.
Formosa Plastics’ Proposed Louisiana Plant Gets Permit to Destroy Wetlands
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.Read more.
Trump’s EPA Proposes to Keep Ignoring Harmful, Increased Toxicities of Pesticide Combinations
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.Read more.
Farmers, Conservationists Challenge Approval of Monsanto’s Crop-damaging Dicamba Pesticide
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.Read more.
Trump Visit to Plastic Plant Ignores Pollution Crisis, Outdated Federal Rules
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Failure to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog
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.Read more.
Trump Administration Ends Long-standing Safeguards Protecting Kids from Dangerous Class of Pesticides
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.Read more.
Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants
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.Read more.
Congresswoman Velázquez Introduces Bill to Ban Pesticide Linked to Parkinson’s
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.Read more.
Louisiana to Hold Hearing on Massive Formosa Plastics Toxic Chemical Complex
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.Read more.
Public-interest Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways From Slaughterhouse Pollution
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Exempt Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution
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.Read more.
Federal Court Rules Formosa Plastics Is Liable for Plastic Pollution in Texas
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Arkansas Ag-Gag Law
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.Read more.
Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee
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.Read more.
Appeals Court Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Relying on New Permit Issued by President Trump
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.Read more.
New Study: United States Uses 85 Pesticides Outlawed in Other Countries
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.Read more.
Federal Appeals Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Lead Ammo Use in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest
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.Read more.
Louisiana Announces Air-pollution Hearing for Formosa Plastics Plant
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks to Protect South Platte River From Colorado Slaughterhouse Pollution
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.Read more.
Florida Petitioned to Protect People From Harmful Algae Blooms
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Pushes Trump EPA to Address Asthma-causing Air Pollution in Phoenix, Northern California
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.Read more.
Rallies in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Oppose Trump's Oil-leasing Plan for California
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.Read more.
Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 27 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California
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.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development
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.Read more.
Court Order Sought to Stop Rosemont Mine Construction in Arizona
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.Read more.
Study: Antibiotics Proposed for Pesticide Use by Trump EPA Can Facilitate Resistance in Lethal Bacteria
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.Read more.
Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife
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.Read more.
Records Sought on EPA Proposal to Reapprove Cancer-linked Pesticide
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.Read more.
Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-killing 'Cyanide Bombs'
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.Read more.
Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration's Refusal to Release Documents on Pesticides
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.Read more.