We believe that in order for America’s communities to be clean and safe, we must address environmental issues both in our wild places, as well as in our own backyards.
We at EAC make it our mission to identify and understand the important components of each environmental challenge. We approach these issues by examining the statutory and regulatory frameworks governing a particular source of pollution, and search for creative solutions for compliance.
The public has already voiced its intent for environmental protection through our nation’s laws: we follow Abraham Lincoln’s credo that “law without enforcement is just good advice.” Our decades of regulatory expertise, environmental science and legal experience provide unique insights into current regulatory frameworks, as well as where gaps may exist to allow polluters to violate the public trust.
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In response to EAC’s victory over Worcester County CAFO, MDE has removed a policy that delayed implementation of environmental protection requirements. Read more here: MDE Policy Change for Poultry...read more
Maryland Department of the Environment decided to revoke final approval of a poultry CAFO in Cecil County after the local community challenged the action through EAC representation. Zion CAFO Press...read more
EAC publishes a handbook for community groups or residents concerned about proposed concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in their area. Use this guide to learn more about the permitting process and how the public can get involved in the process.read more
BREAKING: An Administrative Law Judge decided for EAC and REVERSED a permit approval for a proposed CAFO on the Eastern Shore because of inadequate environmental protection. MDE has never denied a permit under their CAFO program, and this is the first time a judge...read more
Congressman Tom Rice’s ill-conceived, industry gift, dubbed HR 1179, remains in the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Please take a look at the details of this dangerous piece of “legislation” and how it would work damage to the CWA...read more
In a recent challenge to the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) approval of an industrial poultry facility (also known as a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or CAFO) in Worcester County, MDE stated that its review of these permits must meet...read more
Press Release Study: Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Cannot Safely Continue in Monterey County A case study published by the Environmental Action Center (EAC) found that the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) – California’s regulatory agency...read more
As a result of the reemergence of natural gas exploration and production has exploded across the country, both EPA and state agencies have been scrambling – and in many cases, failing – to require proper disposal of Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive...read more
Areas of Baltimore Harbor and the northwest branch of the Patapsco River continue to be sources of dangerous hexavalent chromium. EAC is working toward responsible federal, state and local regulation of these sources, for a healthier Baltimore now and for the...read more
CAFO permits for massive poultry operations intensify: In 2014 and 2015, massive industrial poultry houses, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have begun to pop up like mushrooms across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These aren’t your mom and...read more