Earthrise is working to make sure EPA holds water polluters accountable

On behalf of Food & Water Watch, Earthrise is suing EPA over their woefully outdated and inadequate pollution standards. Despite a statutory requirement to review guidelines every year, EPA has refused to update standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) for years. If we are successful in this case, EPA will have to reconsider CAFO pollution limits and may finally enforce real standards on these polluters. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more updates.

Earthrise Secures Favorable Ruling to Protect Rogue River Water Quality

Earthrise, on behalf of our client Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), received a favorable summary judgment decision this week in our Clean Water Act citizen suit against the City of Medford over the City’s nutrient pollution, which for years has contributed to adverse ecological effects in the Rogue River including the proliferation of nuisance algae and shifts in the native macroinvertebrate community. Medford’s pollution has long been observed by river users like the Rogue Fly Fishers, who first described the problem in a 2013 report by biologist Rick Hafele.

Rising Issues #25

Read our April newsletter with stories about preventing transmission lines, a win for public lands
near Mount St. Helens, a final settlement for improving Washington waters, and more.

Protecting Indiana Dunes

An Indiana Federal District Court Court granted Earthrise’s motion and accepted our amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief, filed on behalf of National Parks Conservation Association, which urges the Court to reject a consent decree between the government and U.S. Steel until it was strengthened to account for past and future natural resource damages to the Park and contained a sufficient penalty to deter U.S. Steel from future Clean Water Act violations. In doing so, the judge stated allowing the brief would “provide a unique, helpful perspective for the Court to consider” when deciding whether or not to accept the decree.