The Latest On: Clean Air
An opinion piece by Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “This going to be a dark four years for people’s health. I am deeply concerned Pruitt will not advance regulations need to protect people’s health.”
Angela Johnson Meszaros, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “How are they able to request a review and have their violation stayed? Where is the due process rights for the community, while it continues to operate?”
Chris Amato, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "Global's defiant response, in which the company flatly refuses to take any of the actions ordered by DEC, makes clear that the company intends to continue flouting the law and ignoring the impacted community. We call on DEC to take all necessary steps to protect the citizens of Albany from Global's rogue operation."
Peter Lehner, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice: “[Trump] is effectively trying to amend a lot of statutes without going through the legislative process ... What it will do is it will make it virtually impossible, or at least very difficult, for agencies to move forward with safeguards and protections for people ... It’s actually not in the United States’ economic interest to have people die in car crashes or be sick because of what they breathe or getting harmed in their workplace.”
Jonathan Smith, Attorney, Earthjustice: “This is actually the second time in history that we know of that EPA has issued preliminary findings of discrimination in response to one of these Title VI complaints. It’s sort of baffling why it would take 10 or 20 years to rule on a lot of these things.”
Angela Johnson Meszaros, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “California has made clear that it intends to be a leader on environmental issues. And here we’ve got the Los Angeles air agency not doing all that it can.”