Since our founding in 1970, NRDC has been in court defending the environment and human health. Litigation is in our DNA.
Here, you can follow some of our landmark court battles as well as other legal advocacy, including administrative cases and amicus briefs. Whether up against a fossil fuel corporation or a government agency, NRDC will continue using facts, evidence, and the rule of law to enforce safeguards and hold polluters accountable.
Featured Court Battles
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NRDC v. EPA (Tetrachlorvinphos)
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NRDC is fighting to ban the use of a dangerous pesticide in household pet products.
Communities for a Better Environment v. Corteva Inc. et al.
NRDC is working with a top environmental justice watchdog to clean up a chemical plant in California.
Dirty Water Rule
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The Trump-era rule narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act by revoking federal protections for countless streams, wetlands, and other waters.
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NRDC Litigation in Action
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A 22-Year Court Battle Ends with Justice for the Penobscot River
NRDC in ActionMaineNicole Greenfield
After more than a half century of toxic mercury contamination, Maine’s longest river is finally getting cleaned up—a major win for the public interest over corporate polluters.
Fighting the Tide of Watered Down Justice
NRDC in ActionFlint, Michigan, Newark, New JerseyNicole Greenfield
Nearly three years after winning a $97 million legal settlement that required the city of Flint to replace its lead water service lines, NRDC is still on the ground holding officials accountable, and using similar tactics as we demand clean…
America’s Gray Wolves Get Another Chance at Real Recovery
NRDC in ActionShelia Hu
After getting last year’s unlawful delisting rule reversed, NRDC is setting the stage for stronger wolf conservation.
The Unlikely Takedown of Keystone XL
NRDC in ActionCanada, United States, Nebraska, South Dakota, MontanaCourtney Lindwall
The notorious tar sands pipeline was a lightning rod in the fight against climate change and the seemingly unstoppable oil industry. NRDC advocates were part of a broad coalition that helped stop Keystone XL—for good.
The Revitalization of This Former Coal Town Starts Now
NRDC in ActionPeoria, IllinoisNicole Greenfield
Following a landmark settlement agreement, $8.6 million will be invested back into projects that uplift the community of Peoria, Illinois, where a dirty coal plant is scheduled to close by the end of 2022.
A Whale of a Win
NRDC in ActionCalifornia, HawaiiNicole Greenfield
How we got the U.S. Navy to finally agree to stop conducting harmful sonar testing in sensitive whale migration and breeding areas.