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The Right to Breathe

The Latest On: The Right to Breathe

May 10, 2013 | Feature

2013 Clean Air Ambassador: Hip Hop Caucus Ambassadors

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Every year, many people young and old get sick because of air pollution. Thousands die. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries. The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it. Clean Air Ambassadors traveled to Washington, D.C. to send a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

May 3, 2013 | Feature

50 States United Partners

Earthjustice worked with a coalition of allies on the 50 States United for Healthy Air event. Learn more about our partners.

March 15, 2013 | Blog Post

Fracking Safeguard Bills Introduced

Over the past few decades—with the help of Congress—Big Oil and Gas successfully chipped away at our bedrock environmental laws, carving out special exemptions for the fossil fuel drilling industry. In 1987, when Congress decided to implement new standards to control stormwater runoff pollution under the Clean Water Act, oil and gas companies got a pass. And in 1990 when the Clean Air Act was expanded to allow for control of more toxic air pollutants, the same industry got another pass.

February 27, 2013 | Blog Post

NAACP Joins Charge to Protect Clean Air Standards

Even in today’s divided political climate, taking a stance against mercury and arsenic in our air does not seem like it should be controversial. The gasses, along with other known toxics like chromium, cadmium and selenium are among 84 known air pollutants emitted every year by coal and oil fired power plants.