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    4/14/17

    Yesterday, Earthrise and its co-counsel, on behalf of Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), won a challenge against Oregon’s illegal water temperature standards, which change goals from cold temperatures to hot—and sometimes even lethal for salmon and other imperiled cold-water species. The federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failed to create pollution clean-up goals, called “Total Maximum Daily Loads” or “TMDLs”, that would protect salmon species from temperature pollution in Oregon’s waterways. A TMDL contains limits for contributions of pollution, such as temperature pollution, via discharge permits and polluted runoff from land activities such as logging and farming. High temperatures impair the vast majority of waters that Oregon has identified as having unsafe levels of pollution, and which therefore require a TMDL. 

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    4/10/17Founders Legacy Legal Fellow, Ryan Shannon, leaves Earthrise Law Center and moves on to a great position as Staff Attorney at Center for Biological Diversity. We’ll miss him, but he’s not going far.
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    4/5/17In response to a lawsuit filed by Earthrise on behalf of the California Chaparral Institute and Los Padres ForestWatch, the U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn a harmful fuel break project that would have damaged fragile habitat and threatened rare species in Los Padres National Forest along California’s Central Coast.  On Monday, the conservation groups agreed to drop their pending legal action against the project, which they filed last December in U.S. District Court.
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    3/22/17Murray is the new executive director of the Biodiversity Masters program at UCSD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She is an Earthrise alumni from 2003. 
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    3/8/17Earthrise filed a petition today on behalf of the Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC), and fish advocate, Bill Bakke, seeking to force Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to address the enormous backlog of administratively continued Clean Water Act permits, known as “Zombie Permits.”
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    3/6/17

    Earthrise attorney Kevin Cassidy was awarded the Cape Cod Bay Life Preserver Award for 2016 by the Jones River Watershed Association (JRWA). JRWA Executive Director Pine duBois said Cassidy was being recognized for his work on the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant trial in August 2016, which challenged a permit from the Town of Plymouth, MA given to Entergy Corporation authorizing the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Pilgrim plant located on the shores of Cape Cod Bay.