May Actions

What's At Stake

Toxic pollution is all around us – that’s why Earthjustice goes to court to remove toxic chemicals and products from our daily lives. We advocate for people’s health by pushing for strong rules to protect communities from pesticide and other toxic chemicals, fight to get toxic chemicals out of consumer products and keep them off the market, and we clean up contamination in our environment and communities by going to court and ensuring that the government and corporations alike are following the law.  

With your help, we have been able to advocate for stronger protections and reforms in regulations dealing with toxic chemicals. But there is more work to be done.  

We will need your help to continue this fight – you can do that today by taking all the actions on this page.

Get these “forever chemicals” out of our drinking water

Every day, millions of people across the country drink water contaminated with toxic chemicals known as PFAS. After years of inaction by the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed long-overdue limits on six PFAS in drinking waterEPA’s proposal would prevent thousands of PFAS-linked deaths and serious illnessesJoin us in supporting strong PFAS drinking water standards and opposing industry’s efforts to weaken these necessary protections.   

Clean up toxic coal ash pits 

When coal is burned to produce electricity, a toxic waste known as coal ash is left behind. Filled with hazardous metals and toxic pollutantssuch as arsenic, lithium, lead, and other carcinogens and neurotoxins, coal ash poisons our water, sickens our bodies, and kills fish and wildlife. We successfully pushed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate toxic coal ash, now we have the opportunity to ensure that polluters are required to clean up all their coal ash. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Time to close the loophole that left over half a billion tons of toxic coal ash in landfills and ponds exempt from federal oversight. 

Tell Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to write safety rules for trains carrying hazardous materials 

We need common-sense safety rules for trains carrying hazardous materials. A train carrying toxic vinyl chloride, an input in making plastic, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, contaminating the environment and exposing residents to toxic gases linked to serious health harm. Urge Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to immediately start writing commonsense safety rules for trains carrying hazardous materials.

Protect communities and workers from this toxic pollutant 

More than 14 million people in the United States live near facilities emitting cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution. Ethylene oxide is a flammable colorless gas that companies use to make plastics, household cleaners, personal care items, and fabrics. Tell the EPA it’s time to protect people from ethylene oxide. 

The NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, IN,
The NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, IN, (Alex Garcia for Earthjustice)

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Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention. Read more.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue.

Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court. Read more.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment. Read more.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.