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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

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

Posted April 21, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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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

Thank You Rio Tinto: British Mining Giant Divests from Pebble Mine, Gives its Stake in the Project to Alaska Charities

Posted April 7, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, announced today that it is abandoning once and for all the giant Pebble Mine proposed for the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska.  Potentially the largest copper and gold...continued

A Gem of an Ad: Tiffany's Applauds EPA for Action On Pebble Mine

Posted March 6, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Readers of the Washington Post, Seattle Times, and SanFranciscoChronicle awoke this morning to a full-page ad from Tiffany & Company congratulating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The reason?  Last week EPA announced that it was initiating a public process to...continued

EPA Makes the Right Move for Bristol Bay, Starts 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

Posted February 28, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took the first regulatory step toward securing a healthy future for Bristol Bay.         Photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum Responding to overwhelming public demand for the protection of Bristol Bay from the proposed...continued

Unprecedented Coalition in Washington, D.C. Next Week Urging EPA to Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska

Posted February 20, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Next week NRDC will join leaders from an unprecedented coalition of Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, business owners, and faith leaders converging in D.C. and calling on EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol...continued

Submarines, Sonar, and the Death of Whales: NRDC Goes Back to Court Against Dangerous Navy Sonar

Posted January 27, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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There’s an old adage that the environment is never saved—just continually being saved.  And the U.S. Navy’s testing and training with high intensity active sonar is a perfect example. When it comes to the next five years of training and...continued

Alaska's U.S. Senator Begich Opposes Pebble Mine: "Wrong Mine, Wrong Place"

Posted January 21, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Environmental Justice, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Relying on the comprehensive Watershed Assessment completed last week by EPA, Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich announced on Sunday that he is opposed to development of the Pebble Mine.  “Wrong mine, wrong place . . . Too many potential long-term impacts...continued

Pebble Mine's 2013 Year End Review: "One Foot In the Grave?"

Posted January 6, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Bad to very much worse.  That sums up the lack of progress in 2013 for the massive Pebble Mine, proposed by a diminishing consortium of foreign mining companies for the headwaters of the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in southwest...continued

More Bad News for the Pebble Mine: Rio Tinto Announces It May Divest

Posted December 23, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, in yet another sign that the massive Pebble Mine is doomed, the London-based mining giant Rio Tinto publicly announced that it is considering “divestment” from the uniquely reckless project, proposed for the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon...continued

Conservation and Art: The Work of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Posted December 10, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment

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If there is a photographer today that has earned the right to be compared to conservation photography icon Ansel Adams, it is Robert Glenn Ketchum.  His 45-year career is filled with conservation activism and success and the charting of new...continued

Mark Twain and the Pebble Mine

Posted December 2, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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As the 100 percent owner of the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska – after British mining giant Anglo American walked away from the project in September – the Canadian corporation Northern Dynasty Minerals is beating...continued

How Did They Do That?! Environmental Leadership, One Electric Car At a Time

Posted October 19, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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One summer night in 1971 in Riverside, California, when I was still in high school, I learned to drive a stick shift in a Volkswagen beetle, fearlessly loaned to me for that purpose by one of my friends -- undoubtedly...continued

Save the Whales, Save Ourselves: Why Whales Matter

Posted October 15, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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I’m often asked why people care so much about whales.  There isn’t a simple answer.  It's been debated for a long time by experts who've dedicated their careers to studying them. Biologically, they're the largest mammals on Earth.  Ecologically, they're...continued

Rio Tinto's Opportunity: Leave the Pebble Mine

Posted September 24, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Yesterday, in Forbes, mining giant Rio Tinto's CEO Sam Walsh, with General Electric's CEO Jeffrey Immelt, offered his support to the process, underway at the United Nations this week, for the design of global sustainable development goals, replacing the Millennium...continued

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine

Posted September 16, 2013 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today Anglo American, a 50 percent partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, announced that it is withdrawing from Pebble Mine – a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The London-based mining giant finally...continued

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