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Crag works with local residents, community organizations, and conservation groups to hold industry and local governments accountable for polluting our air, land, and water.  When industrial facilities violate permit requirements under the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act, risking the health of local communities by degrading water and air quality, Crag seeks to enforce permit requirements in court.  Additionally, Crag advises clients on state-wide efforts to reform pollution prevention and control regulations.  By working to reform state legislation and enforce current laws and regulations, Crag strives to protect human and environmental health of current and future generations.

What We’re Working On

Coalition Challenges Water Rights for Proposed Mega Dairy

Coalition Challenges Water Rights for Proposed Mega Dairy

On March 30, Crag filed a protest to water rights for a proposed 30,000-head mega dairy near the Columbia River on behalf of a coalition of water protection, public health, and animal welfare organizations. The facility would be one of the nation’s largest dairy...

Temporary Rule on Air Toxics Falls Short

Temporary Rule on Air Toxics Falls Short

In response to the recent crisis over air toxics in Southeast Portland, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) issued a temporary rule that applies to colored art glass manufacturers, including the Bullseye and Uroboros companies. A Forest Service moss study and...

Crag and Coalition Comment on Draft Air Toxics Rule

Crag and Coalition Comment on Draft Air Toxics Rule

Crag Law Center led a diverse coalition of eleven environmental and social justice groups, who submitted comments on a proposed temporary rule that would regulate emissions of air toxics from colored glass manufacturing facilities.   The temporary rule was proposed by...

Crag Files Clean Air Act Lawsuit Against Illegal Asphalt Plant

Crag Files Clean Air Act Lawsuit Against Illegal Asphalt Plant

Earlier today, Crag filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Rogue Advocates against the Mountain View Paving asphalt batch plant to enforce the company’s Clean Air Act permit for the protection of the surrounding community. The lawsuit comes in the wake of last week's...

Court Denies USDA Motion in Organic Compost Case

Court Denies USDA Motion in Organic Compost Case

Yesterday a federal court in California denied a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its allowance of pesticide-contaminated compost in organic food production without a formal rulemaking and a public comment period. Crag...

Compost Lawsuit Filed to Safeguard Organic Integrity

Compost Lawsuit Filed to Safeguard Organic Integrity

Yesterday, Crag Law Center and Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a new federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program’s (NOP) failure to follow the law in making a substantial rule change to the USDA organic standard. ...

Legislative Workgroup Takes on Toxics

Legislative Workgroup Takes on Toxics

Right now in Oregon’s state capital politicians are discussing the future safety of Oregon’s drinking water, schools and homes from the aerial spraying of toxic pesticides and herbicides.  Senator Chris Edwards of Eugene has convened a work group to assess the...

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