Environmental

Health

photo courtesy of Dean Reynolds

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

Jackson County finds Asphalt Plant Expanded Illegally

Jackson County finds Asphalt Plant Expanded Illegally

This week, Jackson County's Hearings Officer issued decisions that should halt operations at an asphalt plant on Bear Creek in Talent, Oregon.  Mountain View Paving sought recognition as a grandfathered use that could continue to operate in violation of land use laws....

Supreme Court Rules in NEDC v. Brown

Supreme Court Rules in NEDC v. Brown

    March 20, 2013, Washington, DC — Today the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a Ninth Circuit ruling requiring Clean Water Act permits for discharges of heavily polluted stormwater along two logging roads in northwest Oregon. Under the Supreme Court’s 7-1...

On to the Supreme Court . . .

On to the Supreme Court . . .

Across the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a spider web of logging roads crisscrosses the landscape from the steep hillsides of headwater areas to the lower elevation valleys.  Each fall, iconic runs of salmon return to these watersheds, instinctively drawn to the...

Lame Settlement on Alkali Lake Toxic Waste Dump Thwarted

Lame Settlement on Alkali Lake Toxic Waste Dump Thwarted

Almost a half century ago, a company that is now owned by Bayer Cropscience made and profited from the sale of toxic chemicals known as Agent Orange that were used in the Vietnam War.  The Department of Defense bought tens of millions of gallons of Agent Orange,  a...

The Report from the Crag Offices on NEDC v. Brown

The Report from the Crag Offices on NEDC v. Brown

Over the past several weeks, we’ve had several questions from our supporters and other members of the public about NEDC v. Brown, the recent Ninth Circuit case involving logging road pollution and water quality.  Working with our client, the Northwest Environmental...

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