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Pollution Cannot be Political

By Maia Berlow, Advocacy Intern at Waterkeeper Alliance On June 14th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of the Flint Water Crisis. Lyon is accused of failing to alert the majority-black population in the Flint area to a Legionnaire’s ...


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Pulling out of the Paris Agreement is a threat to human rights

By Maia Berlow, Advocacy Intern at Waterkeeper Alliance As I think about the different categories of rights I deeply care about — minority, women’s and children’s rights, freedom of expression, and the right to housing — it becomes increasingly clear that all of these rights are threatened by climate change. Climate change already disrupts people’s ...


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Scott Pruitt’s “Federalism” Plan for the Environment is Dangerous

By Jason Aamodt Scott Pruitt’s federalism plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a dangerous game of pollution without representation.  Under Mr. Pruitt’s version of “federalism,” environmental protection would be limited by political boundary lines.  One obvious problem with Mr. Pruitt’s crusade is that wind, water and pollution do not respect boundary lines.  Wind ...


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Iraqi Waterkeepers Impacted By “Muslim Ban”

It has been just a little over a week and the Trump Administration has acted with speed to open the door to fast track Dakota Access Pipeline and welcome the return of Keystone XL, among many other things.  The President’s most damaging action so far is, of course, the Muslim ban – an Executive Order ...


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Correcting Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Record – David Page, Oklahoma Environmental Attorney

By David P. Page I have practiced environmental law in Oklahoma for over 30 years. During this time Mr. Pruitt has, with regard to environmental issues, done more than any other Oklahoma Attorney General to protect the polluter, and has done the least of any other Oklahoma Attorney General to protect the “common man” or ...


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ACT NOW: EPA Is In Danger

Yesterday, Senate Democrats on the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hosted a panel discussion to further examine U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s environmental record and highlight his lack of qualifications needed to lead the agency. Waterkeeper Alliance’s Senior Attorney Kelly Foster spoke as an expert witness; as ...


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NCEJN and Allies Respond to Latest Attack by Hog Industry

This post originally appeared on North Carolina Environmental Justice Network’s website. Bullies don’t like it when you fight back. For decades, the multi-national corporations that control the hog industry in Eastern North Carolina have bullied people who live near hog facilities. Elsie Herring has been standing up to the industry since the mid-1990s, and she’s ...


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Trump’s Cabinet Will Throw Us Into Environmental Catastrophe

ACT NOW: Write your Senator today and demand they do not approve Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, and Rex Tillerson to Trump’s Cabinet. The facts are clear. President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees represent a targeted and well-thought out assault on America’s environmental protections. The President-Elect is stacking his leadership with not only the fossil fuel industry’s ...


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The Legal Reasons DAPL Is Not Dead

Daniel E. Estrin is General Counsel and Legal Director for Waterkeeper Alliance. Like many concerned citizens, I initially felt great relief on December 4th when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant Energy Transfer Partners an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross the Missouri River at Lake ...


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North Carolina Communities Impacted by CAFOs Ask EPA to Make A Finding of Discrimination By Year’s End

By Elizabeth Haddix, Senior Staff Attorney, UNC Center for Civil Rights African American, Latino, and Native American residents of Eastern North Carolina are anxiously awaiting help from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their decades-long struggle to resist the adverse impacts of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) disproportionately concentrated in their communities.  In September 2014, groups ...