We investigate environmental problems and fight for average people facing David-vs-Goliath odds against well-connected energy companies and other polluters.
The dramatic expansion of domestic oil and gas production sparked over a decade ago has led to the rapid growth of U.S. petrochemical industries, including plastics production, along with an associated rise in toxic fenceline pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Our work along the Gulf Coast, in Appalachia, and in other industry hotbeds helps hold these polluters accountable and ensure they follow environmental laws and emissions reporting requirements. Our Oil & Gas Watch database acts as a public resource for tracking and monitoring the industry across the country.
From carbon dioxide to mercury, smog-forming air pollutants and toxic wastewater, coal-fired power plants cause major damage to public health and the natural world.
EIP uses legal expertise and technical analysis to challenge permits that are too lax, litigate over violations, advocate for stronger regulations, and release reports and data to inform the public.
We scrutinize the water and air emissions from factory farms, and use this data as part of our national efforts to more closely regulate the industry.
EIP also issues investigative reports about other sources of pollution in the nation’s largest estuary, including from industry and sewage. When necessary, we take legal action against big polluters.
EIP helps environmental justice communities fight for their rights and protect their health from air and water pollution.
In Baltimore, we team up with local residents to fight major new sources of emissions, and we push the city to stop sewage overflows. In Texas, we advocate and litigate to make sure air pollution from refineries and factories is monitored and controlled.
EIP helped Ted Evgeniadis, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, and two other environmental groups secure the largest penalty for coal ash pollution in Pennsylvania’s history.
Talen Energy, owner of the Brunner Island Generating Station in York Haven, agreed to pay a $1 million penalty for leaking toxic pollutants into groundwater and the Susquehanna River, the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary. EIP’s attorneys provided legal expertise to help Evgeniadis achieve the riverkeeper’s clean water goals after their analysis found high levels of toxic metals leaching from the power plant’s unlined coal ash dump.
EIP report on arsenic contamination in Texas water systems inspires Congressman to secure $2 million to build a water filtration plant for Bruni, Texas.
The isolated, Latino community south of San Antonio had more than eight times the legal limit of arsenic, a carcinogen. A local family thanked EIP for shining a light on a long-ignored problem.
With EIP’s legal assistance, Destiny Watford of south Baltimore took on Maryland’s entire political establishment over a massive development project – a trash-burning incinerator – proposed near her school in Curtis Bay.
Watford and a coalition of allies protested at the Maryland Department of Environment and convinced local governments to end their contracts with Energy Answers. EIP’s attorney filed a legal challenge to the air pollution permit for the waste-to-energy plant that drove a stake through its heart.
EIP helped Curt and Debbie Havens of Chester, WV, and their neighbors take action against a coal-ash waste pond that leaked toxic wastewater all over their neighborhood and destabilized several local homes.
As a result, the community celebrated a victory against a powerful utility company. First Energy signed a consent decree that forces the company to close and cover the biggest coal-ash waste pond in the U.S., pay a $800,000 penalty, and take responsibility for cleaning up the mess at Little Blue Run.