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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…

After 40th anniversary of Title IX, the fight still continues

by Amy Radon, Staff Attorney I felt lost as an incoming freshman at Arizona State University, which at the time was the second largest university in the United States with an enrollment of over 50,000 students. Coming from a high school where my graduating class…

Preventing further stream pollution from coal

By Jim Hecker, Environmental Enforcement Project Director As you drive into Charleston, West Virginia, on Interstate 64, there used to be a billboard that read, “YES, COAL” and below that, “Clean, Carbon-Neutral Coal.” It was paid for by a company that supplies equipment to coal…