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    NEDC has filed a lawsuit seeking to require Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to address an enormous backlog of administratively extended Zombie Permits
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    Summaries of NEDC’s recent work protecting water quality
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    NEDC’s participation in the new air toxics regulatory reform effort, Cleaner Air Oregon, is in full-swing. 
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    Working to manage floodplain development in Oregon to protect salmon and make our communities more resilient in the face of increasing threats from extreme weather events.
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    NEDC’s Executive Director Mark Riskedahl was recently invited to provide testimony about air toxics regulatory oversight
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    NEDC’s advocacy for mercury control technology at Oregon’s only coal-fired power plant has additional side-benefit of dramatically reducing other pollutants as well
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    Here is a quick summary of some of the things we’ve achieved over the past five years, by the numbers.
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    Reducing polluted runoff from industrial facilities continues to be one of NEDC’s highest priorities.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Oregon fails to protect citizens from air pollution and other risks tied to rail shipments of volatile Bakken crude
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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.