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  • 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. 

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    Tackling the causes and impacts of global warming

    Climate change, driven by diverse and disparate sources, poses an enormous threat to ecosystems worldwide. Rather than waiting for federal regulation and global consensus, Earthrise Law Center has taken the lead addressing the causes and impacts of global warming by creatively using legal tools that are already available. For example, using the Clean Air Act, Earthrise secured the closure of the only coal-fired power plant in Oregon, eliminating the largest source of carbon emissions in the state.

    Similarly, Earthrise is spearheading citizen involvement in transportation choices throughout the Northwest to ensure that road and bridge construction is done wisely, so as not to promote more cars and trucks or spur more urban sprawl. Because of the success of our regional work, we are now expanding our climate change efforts to address sources of greenhouse gases across the country.

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    Earthrise concluded a six-day trial in Massachusetts Land Court in August, on the issue of whether a new long-term nuclear waste storage facility at the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts required special authorization from the Plymouth Zoning Board.

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    Press release from Earthrise client regarding proposed methanol pipeline that would cut through a pioneer cemetery in Kelso, Washington.
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    7/10/13 - Oregonians spoke out against coal at yesterday’s hearing on a proposal to export coal through the Columbia River Gorge to Asia. Earthrise represents local and national conservation groups in their effort to ensure that the Oregon DEQ does not issue an illegal air pollution permit.
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    3/8/13 - Earthrise attorneys are co-counsel on a case filed in federal court against one of the largest and most polluting coal plants in the nation, Colstrip Generating Facility located in Montana, owned by several high-profile energy companies. Read the press release.
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    11/14/12 - Earthrise alum Lori Ann Burd ’09 spoke on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation on two panels at a recent American Bar Association meeting of the Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources.
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    5/31/12 - Read up on the latest at Earthrise (formerly PEAC), including the Oregon temperature water quality standards victory, clinical experiences of our students, and collaboration with India.

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