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    The Environmental Law symposium at Lewis & Clark on April 10, 2015 will focus on Developments in the Public Trust Doctrine. Registration is open. Students are free but please register. Reception to follow.
  • NEDC and Columbia Riverkeeper submitted comments to the Port of Kalama analyzing the scope of environmental impacts the Port should consider when assessing Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed methanol export facility.
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    Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality rejected a petition submitted on behalf of tens of thousands of Oregonians asking the agency to protect Oregon’s air from harmful new oil terminal pollution by requiring Global Partners to obtain a more protective air pollution permit.
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    NEDC teamed up with Northwest Environmental Advocates and Columbia Riverkeeper to ask the court to overturn a water pollution permit that harms Columbia River salmon and threatens water quality.
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    NEDC along with various other environmental groups filed a petition for reconsideration asking DEQ to reconsider its decision to authorize an air permit for a major crude oil transloading facility on the Columbia River.
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    Lakeview’s persistent violations of federal particulate matter standards endangers public health and the environment.
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    Oregon fails to protect citizens from air pollution and other risks tied to rail shipments of volatile Bakken crude
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    NEDC, along with other environmental groups, filed a lawsuit alleging that Cascade Kelly Holdings LLC dba Global Partners violated the Clean Air Act by constructing a crude oil transloading facility without the necessary permit.
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    Reducing polluted runoff from industrial facilities continues to be one of NEDC’s highest priorities. NEDC has been busy reviewing industrial permit renewal requests and we have seen a disturbing trend as of late.
  • Eight years after filing the complaint alleging that polluted discharges from logging roads require a NPDES permit, NEDC found itself back in the District Court of Oregon this April. How did we get here?
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    What does NEDC contribute to public interest environmental law? How does NEDC benefit the community of the Pacific Northwest? This article gives a quick and dirty break down of NEDC’s impact over the past three years, by the numbers.
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    Large-scale extraction of coal, oil and gas in the center of North America has made Washington and Oregon ports particularly attractive destinations for proposals to facilitate movement of these dirty energy sources to markets across the globe.  The scale and frenetic pace of these proposals has us, along with citizens across the region, concerned. Is the green image of the Pacific Northwest in the midst of a major transformation?
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    Earthrise Clients and Intel reach agreement on Clean Air Act Violation
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    Lewis & Clark Law School is pleased to announce the availability of an exciting on-line course for attorneys, policymakers, and anyone else interested in energy law issues.

    From June 9-12, Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Melissa Powers will offer Electricity Essentials: Renewables, Utilities & Transmission. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the U.S. electricity supply and will address the following key components, important to anyone seeking a better understanding of the electricity system in the United States:

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    Ryan Shannon, LC Law student, recently shared his summer experience working for Trustees of Alaska in Anchorage. He credits the environmental law program, NEDC and PILP for an amazing opportunity:
  • NEDC and other local environmental groups are working hard to protect Mt. Hood’s fragile alpine habitat where the Forest Service has failed to ensure such protections and continues to fail to implement effective restoration.
  • Marla Nelson, NEDC’s Legal Fellow, discusses her first Clean Water Act enforcement case against a facility along the Spokane River.
  • NEDC’s Executive Director, Mark Riskedahl, reflects on NEDC’s recent trip to the Supreme Court and the resulting opinion issued in March of this year.
  • NEDC and Earthrise recently won a significant victory for the Chetco River and for open and transparent government.
  • Read the Portland Mercury story on NEDC’s Clean Water Act enforcement work in the Columbia Slough and a recent complaint filed against Parkrose Auto Center.