July 20, 2016

Environmental Justice Threatened by 154-Year-Old Federal Preemption What do the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and an environmental justice movement in Benicia, California in 2016 have in common? Unfortunately, the answer ispreemption. Adopted in 1862 to promote the expansion of America’s railroad network, the Federal Railroad Act preempted …

May 10, 2016

UtilityDive May 5, 2016 By Robert Walton The California Environmental Justice Alliance has issued its 2016 Environmental Justice Legislative Agenda, focusing on climate, land use, budget investments, power plant siting and natural gas storage, among other issues the group says have an outsized impact on disadvantaged communities “Low-income communities and communities of color have …

January 5, 2016

Inside Climate News December 28, 2015 By Katherine Bagley This was the year that environmental groups won a seven-year battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, representing a major comeback for a movement that had lagged in influence and mass appeal for years. Defeating such a major project also marked the …

July 27, 2015

AllGov.com July 23, 2015 by Noel Brinkerhoff Supporters of an anti-mining initiative in Alaska have lost their battle with the state Supreme Court, which threw out the local effort to protect salmon populations. The Save Our Salmon initiative, approved by voters in 2011, would have halted a mining project in Lake and …