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April 2013

Is the Genesis decision a license to bribe?

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney In a class action, one or more people who believe their legal rights have been violated bring a lawsuit on behalf of a group of people whom they believe have been harmed in the same way. The person or persons…

No more rubber stamps allowing mining companies to bury streams

By Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ streamlined procedure for permitting coal mines to fill Appalachian streams with mining waste suffered another blow yesterday when an appeals court threw out the Corps’ 2007 version of Nationwide Permit 21, commonly…

Kafka meets Heller at the NRC

By Richard Webster, Power-Cotchett Attorney I am currently representing clients on the Jersey Shore in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission administrative process. This process nominally allows concerned citizens to petition for enforcement of NRC’s safety requirements. Unfortunately, the experience has led me to a greater appreciation…

Consider the costs

By Victoria Ni, Senior Attorney I am not a vegetarian. Nor do I have plans to become one. But our Food Safety & Health Project, which tries to expose the true costs of the modern industrial food complex on animals, workers, and the environment, has…