Trump Seriously Slow Walks Superfund Cleanups

Trump Seriously Slow Walks Superfund Cleanups

Superfund sites universally have a negative connotation–as something bad and contaminated. This is usually the case but many may not realize the specifics of how the Superfund program was created or how cleanups are prioritized. To give you a better understanding, we’re going to take a deeper dive into this important government program. As NatGeo […]

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Supreme Court Hears Superfund Case — Seems To Lean Toward Limiting Polluter’s Liability

Supreme Court Hears Superfund Case — Seems To Lean Toward Limiting Polluter’s Liability

The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in a case brought by a group of Montana landowners who want to force ARCO (which is owned by oil giant BP) to comply with state law and reduce arsenic levels in the soil throughout their community to pre-contamination levels.  The Justices — even the liberal ones — appeared to side with the Company.

Why This Matters:  When the EPA cares more about protecting a polluting company and limiting its liability than protecting the innocent victims of that toxic pollution from harm, federal “pre-emption” of state law claims can actually frustrate the intent of the statute — which was to make the polluters pay for the clean up of their toxic contamination.

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Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

It is a bold and innovative plan, with an emphasis on environmental justice.  He promises: “In my first 100 days, I will propose new civil rights legislation to address the disparate impact of environmental discrimination and dismantle structures of environmental racism.

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Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

In Tuscon, 90 percent of the public gets its power from coal and other fossil fuels, which degrades the air quality particularly for the Latinx community there.  The south side neighborhoods are home to all the area’s major polluting sources, including a gas-burning power plant, the I-10 freeway, and a Superfund site, and not surprisingly, […]

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Possible Detention Center for Migrant Children on Texas AF Base Is Contaminated

Possible Detention Center for Migrant Children on Texas AF Base Is Contaminated

Reuters reported yesterday that the Trump Administration had planned to open a new detention center at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas to house up to 7,500 unaccompanied migrant children, but the site may not be safe.  Earthjustice issued a report yesterday in which it raised concerns with this site because the organization has identified fouSuperfund sites on base in proximity to the proposed housing site, including a former landfill, artillery range, fuel depot, and fire training areas. While some areas have been cleaned up not all have been remediated, thus Earthjustice argues in the report that more extensive testing is warranted to ensure the site is safe because the clean up may not have been sufficient to house children there.

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