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Air Toxics: Challenging Weak Standards

Case Overview

Earthjustice has filed several suits to force EPA to establish more effective regulations for key industrial categories.

(This case is now closed. To learn about recent Earthjustice litigation to clean up the air we breathe, visit the Clean Air Focus Area.)

Case ID

03519, 03520, 03521, 03522, 03523, 03747, 03540

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Case Updates

May 16, 2014 | Blog Post

Courts Demand Clean Air for Americans

Over the last few weeks, the nation’s federal courts—including the Supreme Court—have blessed Americans with four major clean air victories.

March 11, 2014 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Assembles 'Strike Team' to Regulate Toxic Polluters

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to create a “strike team”, composed of health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others to target facilities emitting toxic pollutants that threaten public health. The initial target will be, a battery recycling plant in Vernon that has been accused of endangering the health of 100,000 people through lead and arsenic emissions.

May 15, 2013 | Blog Post

Advocates From 50 States Call for Health Standards

When our elected officials continue standing in the way of clean air and water—it’s time to shake things up. Which is why more than 100 physicians, tribal and labor leaders, clergy, nurses and parents are in Washington, D.C., for a 3-day visit with Congress, united as 50 States United for Healthy Air.

This legion of clean air and water advocates are meeting with members of Congress to call for greater protections from smog, coal ash, carbon and other dangerous air pollutants.

It’s a big day for our lungs and our health.

May 15, 2013 | Press Release

Clean Air Takes Over Capitol Hill

More than 100 physicians, tribal leaders, labor leaders, clergy, nurses, parents to meet with Congress on carbon pollution, smog, ash, other clean air priorities

January 23, 2013 | Blog Post

Court Acts In Favor Of Cleaner Air

The mention of soot conjures images of black clouds pouring out of unfiltered cars, or of cities lost in dark fog. At times in our history, soot pollution has helped stain entire ecosystems black, famously causing moths in Britain to change color from white to black to better hide in their environment. These images are well-deserved: soot is dangerous to both humans and the environment.

January 22, 2013 | Blog Post

Great News for Lungs

We were thrilled in July when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled to uphold a clean air standard that limits dangerous intense bursts of sulfur dioxide pollution from power plants, factories and other sources. Sulfur dioxide is a pretty nasty agent that causes a variety of adverse health impacts including breathing difficulties, aggravation of asthma and increased hospital and emergency room visits for respiratory illnesses.

December 20, 2012 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

New air pollution standards restrict soot particles

A new air pollution standard approved by the Obama administration is expected to save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce illness in communities affected by air pollution. The EPA estimates annual savings in healthcare and other costs to be around $4 billion to $9.1 billion. The new rules came about in response to Earthjustice litigation.