February 27, 2018

Earthrise Panels at PIELC 2018

Earthrise attorneys are hosting four panels at PIELC this weekend. Come say hello and hear about our recent work.

Using NEPA and the ESA to Fight Factory Farm Expansion

10:05 – 11:20 A.M. on Friday, March 2nd, in EMU 104. Panelists include Earthrise Staff Attorney Kevin Cassidy and Earthrise Co-Director Tom Buchele.

We will discuss novel legal challenges using the National En­vironmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Free­dom of Information Act to challenge USDA lending schemes that prop up the factory farm industry. These locally-focused lawsuits are a key strategy in exposing and attacking USDA’s pervasive, nationwide misuse of billions of public dollars.

Salmon and Steelhead in Hot Water: Does the Clean Water Act have the Tools to Protect our Fish?

3:50-5:05 P.M. on Friday, March 2nd, in EMU 146. Panelists include Earthrise Co-Director Allison LaPlante.

This panel discusses how climate change and dams are warming the Columbia River, which harm ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. This panel then describes the past and future legal efforts to address warming rivers through the Clean Water Act, using state Water Quality Standards and TMDLs.

Hear Our Olympics

3:50-5:05 P.M. on Friday, March 2nd, in Law 282. Panelists include Earthrise Co-Director Tom Buchele.

How a network of local residents, military veterans, national park enthusiasts and dedicated law students are taking on the U.S. Navy to protect the natural sounds of Olympic National Park from electronic warfare training by some of the world’s loudest fighter jets.

The Clean Water Act: What to Do When Your State Won’t Do Jack

1:55-3:10 P.M. on Saturday, March 3rd, in the Many Nations Longhouse. Panelists include Earthrise Staff Attorney Lia Comerford

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is fairly clear about what States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are supposed to do and when. But sometimes there is no obvious entry point to get into court to force agencies to follow the law. This panel will discuss creative and cutting-edge approaches that organizations and their attorneys are using to address agency inaction, whether in the context of the NPDES discharge permitting program, nonpoint source controls, or water quality standards and TMDL clean-up plans.