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Clean Air

Dirty air exacerbates asthma and shortens lives. Earthjustice is protecting national air quality and defending impacted communities from toxic pollution because we all have a right to breathe clean, healthy air.
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After more than a decade of Earthjustice litigation, the EPA finally issued tough new standards to control mercury and other dangerous air pollutants emitted by coal-fired power plants, saving thousands of lives and preventing thousands of heart attacks and asthma attacks every year.


One in three Americans lives in communities where air is unsafe to breathe because of pollution. Dirty air persists because some polluters refuse to clean up toxic air emissions, despite the availability of proven pollution control technology. We suffer the consequences with needless heart ailments, lung disease, asthma attacks, cancer, and shortened lives.



Over the past two decades, Earthjustice has fought—and won—dozens of Clean Air Act cases to ratchet up public health protections and hold polluters accountable. Unfortunately, far too many Americans are still breathing dirty air and suffering the consequences. Our fight continues.

"Children die of asthma. I'm a parent. I just can't imagine losing your child to asthma. I can't imagine losing your child at all, but losing a child unnecessarily because we can't be bothered to clean up pollution? That's just incredible to me." – Jim Pew, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Office

Spotlight Features

At the Supreme Court: Profits Before People?

This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a critical case involving mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Up to 11,000 lives hang in the balance, many of whom are from overburdened communities.

Photos: Protecting Lives & Lungs From Smog

The EPA is under court order to take action to limit the amount of smog allowed into the air. Listening sessions were conducted across the country on the proposed ozone standards. These are stories from the hearing held in Sacramento, CA.


Number of letters sent by Earthjustice supporters to Congress in support of citizens from all 50 states who traveled to Washington D.C. in 2013 to meet with elected officials and policymakers in defense of our right to breathe clean air.