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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

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

Bristol Bay to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine Now

Posted September 8, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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This week we’re running 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 essential that EPA...continued

VIDEO: Pebble Mine and the Death Star Mine at Mount Polley

Posted August 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster, and even as the latest tests confirmed elevated levels of toxic copper and lead in aquatic life, a predictable progression is already underway. Within days, the mine owner, the...continued

Now Showing: Pebble Mine's Disastrous Future at BC's Mount Polley Mine

Posted August 7, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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In the early morning of August 4, 2014, a major breach occurred in an earthen dam built to contain millions of tons of mining waste – called “tailings” -- at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in central...continued

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Posted July 18, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project -- the controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska that faces...continued

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Posted July 1, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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Today is the publication date for Joshua Horwitz’ War of the Whales, a true story brilliantly told about the U.S. Navy’s decades-long war on whales and other marine mammals by its reckless use of high intensity active sonar. The book...continued

Pacific Coast Trail Begins Move to the High Country of Tejon Ranch

Posted May 8, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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When the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail was envisioned in the 1930’s, it was to traverse the highest points along the West Coast’s mountainous spine between Mexico and Canada, revealing the majestic vistas and extraordinary natural riches that characterize the...continued

Pebble Mine: Delivering Congratulations, Not Petitions, to Rio Tinto

Posted April 21, 2014 by Joel Reynolds

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Compared to our meetings in 2011, 2012, and 2013, this year’s meeting in London with Rio Tinto’s leadership about the proposed Pebble Mine had a very different feel.   Earlier in the week, after four years of discussions with NRDC and...continued

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