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Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica, CA

Joel Reynolds

I graduated in 1978 from Columbia Law School, where I was a Stone Scholar and winner of the Convers Prize. Since 1980, following a federal court clerkship, I have specialized in issues of coastal protection, land use, marine mammal protection, nuclear energy, environmental justice, and transportation and have argued cases at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. I have twice been designated California Lawyer of the Year in the environmental category -- 2003 and 2008. Currently, I also serve as Board Chair of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.

Recent Posts

Dictionary of Deception in Pursuit of the Pebble Mine: A Translation Guide

Posted January 26, 2016 by Joel Reynolds

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Earlier this month, when the Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency *("EPA") issued the results of an independent investigation undertaken at the urging of The Pebble Partnership ("Pebble") -- the beleaguered mining partnership behind the massive Pebble Mine...continued

Rio Tinto Finds the Way in Bristol Bay: Dump the Pebble Mine

Posted January 14, 2016 by Joel Reynolds

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Canadian exploration company Northern Dynasty Minerals is the only partner remaining in the once formidable Pebble Partnership - the poorly-funded proponent of the reckless scheme to build a massive mine in the headwaters of the world's greatest wild salmon fishery....continued

Pebble Mine 2015 in Review - "The Year of Failing Expensively"

Posted January 4, 2016 by Joel Reynolds

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The battle to stop the infamous Pebble Mine isn't over, but if you're a shareholder in the embattled project, 2015 was another disappointing year. (Photo credit: Robert Glenn Ketchum) In court and in Congress, trying desperately to recharge its reckless...continued

NRDC Responds to Pebble's Cohen Report: "Wrong on the Money, Wrong on the Merits"

Posted November 4, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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I've written before that the Cohen Report - an attack on EPA, paid for by the Pebble Limited Partnership, and released last month by DC lobbyists The Cohen Group and DLA Piper LLP - lacks independence, predictably supports Pebble's perspective,...continued

What Would Defense Secretary Cohen Have Done With His "Independent" Pebble Mine Report?

Posted October 14, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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In the latest installment in the saga of the embattled Pebble Mine, there is inescapable irony in last week's release of The Pebble Partnership-funded "independent" report by former Defense Secretary William Cohen and his firm The Cohen Group. Based on...continued

Pebble Mine's William Cohen PR Stunt: Follow the Money

Posted October 7, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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It's easy to understand why the cash-starved Pebble Partnership, now just a single small Canadian exploration company called Northern Dynasty Minerals, would hire former Defense Secretary William Cohen to review EPA's proposed restriction of Pebble's planned massive copper and gold...continued

A Breakthrough Agreement On Sonar Safeguards for Whales and Our Oceans

Posted September 17, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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Sometimes lasting change takes a lot longer than it should. Consider, for example, the U.S. Navy's testing and training with heavy explosives and high-intensity sonar in species-rich coastal waters around the world. Blue whale: A blue whale fluking off Southern...continued

The Animas River spill and the myth of mine safety

Posted August 19, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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The definition of a mine, said Mark Twain, is a hole in the ground owned by liars. And this month the industry's biggest lie -- that it can be trusted with our water -- is once again on display as...continued

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay

Posted June 22, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired. Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip - whatever the trip, wherever it took...continued

Pebble Mine Lawsuit Moves Forward, Delays EPA Protection of Bristol Bay

Posted June 4, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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Today a federal judge in Alaska issued an order that will prolong last ditch litigation filed by the Pebble Limited Partnership against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Although the order dismissed portions of Pebble's complaint, the court also allowed parts...continued

A Richly Deserved PEN Literary Award for War of the Whales

Posted May 13, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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Congratulations to Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales: A True Story - winner of the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Science Writing (PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award). His selection, announced today, confirms the consensus of so many...continued

The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

Posted March 27, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership - now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company - to conclude that the only truly "independent" review of its uniquely reckless Pebble Mine is an "independent" review that is bought and paid...continued

Pebble Mine 2014 Year in Review: “And Then There Were Lawyers…”

Posted January 5, 2015 by Joel Reynolds

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When someday the story of the Pebble Mine is told, 2014 may be best remembered as the year when all that remained of the once formidable Pebble Partnership was a bunch of lawyers for hire. By the end of 2014,...continued

The Numbers Continue to Crunch the Pebble Mine

Posted October 3, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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Facts – for example, numbers -- have never been a friend to the Pebble Mine.  By now, some of these are familiar to all of us: 10 billion – The number of tons of mining waste laced with toxics that the...continued

Bobby Andrew to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine

Posted September 15, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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Today we are running the final in a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s...continued

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