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Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch File Petition for Rehearing with Iowa Supreme Court

Two weeks ago, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a split 4-3 ruling against the plaintiffs in Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch v. State of Iowa. Today, the plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing asking the Court to reconsider its decision. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch believe that Iowans have a right to clean water, that it is the duty of the legislature to protect that right, and that it is the courts’ role to always protect the constitutional rights of Iowans.

Una Nueva Demanda Alega que Smithfield le Mintió al Público a Costa de las Vidas de los Trabajadores

La organización Food & Water Watch, representada por Public Justice presentó la semana pasada una demanda ante la Corte Superior del Distrito de Columbia contra Smithfield Foods, alegando que la planta procesadora de carne multinacional le mintió repetidamente a los consumidores durante la pandemia de COVID-19 para proteger su balance final—a costa de las vidas de los trabajadores.

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Against Iowa Citizens in Right to Clean Water Lawsuit

Today, the Iowa Supreme Court split and ruled 4-3 against the plaintiffs in Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch v. State of Iowa regarding a lawsuit against the State of Iowa for failing to protect the public use of the Raccoon River. The lawsuit focuses on a well-known water crisis in Des Moines and Polk County: the polluted Raccoon River.

Public Justice urges Biden Administration to expand mandatory protections to all workers in dangerous workplaces

Public Justice is dismayed at the Biden Administration’s refusal to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard for all workers in dangerous environments. While Public Justice applauds the administration’s issuance of mandatory protections for healthcare workers, the ETS must be expanded to include all workplaces where workers are in danger of contracting the virus.

Climate, Environmental Justice Groups Call for Biden EPA to Hold Industrial Dairy and Hog Operations Accountable and to Reject Big Ag Technology

Today, environmental justice, rural community and environmental groups across the U.S. filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, calling for the Biden EPA to regulate industrial dairy and hog operations and hold them accountable for their harmful contributions to air and climate pollution. The petition also calls on the EPA to reject the falsely driven narrative of factory farm gas branded as “biogas” by industrial agribusiness and Big Oil & Gas.