Mike Ewall


Mike Ewall is founder and director of Energy Justice Network (www.EnergyJustice.net), a U.S.-based network supporting communities threatened by unnecessary and polluting energy and waste facilities, such as biomass and waste incinerators, landfills, and nuclear and fossil fuel power plants.  Active since high school in 1990, Ewall has become a leader in the student and community environmental justice movements.  He has led winning campaigns stopping numerous incinerators, power plants, ethanol biorefineries a multi-state nuclear waste dump, a coal-to-oil refinery, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, water fluoridation and much more.  In 2003, he predicted and warned that the rebuilding of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania trash incinerator would drive the city into bankruptcy, which it did eight years later in one of the nation’s largest city bankruptcies.  Since 2006, his efforts brought together grassroots networks to stop proposed coal power plants and biomass and waste incinerators throughout the U.S., contributing to over 100 community victories against these facilities.  In 2008, his extensive work against environmental racism earned him a “tuition-free law school for activists” scholarship to the social justice activist-run law school at the University of the District of Columbia.  Before law school, he authored the nation’s strongest mercury and dioxin air pollution ordinances and has used these local laws to stop proposed polluters in small Pennsylvania towns.  Ewall drafted the zero waste hierarchy that became the basis for the hierarchy adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste Canada. Energy Justice

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