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Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) Reconsideration

The Latest On: Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) Reconsideration

December 30, 2010 | Blog Post

Celebrating Americans Who Didn't Die in 2010

According to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 160,000 American lives were saved in 2010 by the Clean Air Act’s health protections. Four decades of clean air protections have made the U.S. stronger, healthier and more prosperous.

December 10, 2010 | Feature

Clearing the Air: Q&A with Earthjustice Attorney Jim Pew

Earthjustice litigation succeeded in closing a gaping air pollution loophole known as the startup, shutdown, and malfunction exemption, which allowed industrial facilities to blanket nearby communities with toxic air pollution, all without warning or accountability.

December 19, 2008 | Legal Document

Startup, Shutdown, Malfunction

This court decision eliminates a loophole that had allowed polluters to ignore pollution limits whenever equipment malfunctions, and whenever they start up or shut down operations.

September 11, 2008 | Legal Document

Opening Briefs in SSM case

Opening briefs in case challenging air pollution loophole allowing polluters to evade clean air laws during so-called 'startup, shutdown, and malfunction' periods