Forcing Regulation of Industrial Boilers

Earthjustice won a lawsuit in 2007 forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate industrial boilers. It took the agency four years to issue the new regulations, which are inadequate and are being challenged in court as of mid-2014.



James Pew

Regional Office / Program

Case Overview

Emissions from industrial boilers across the country sicken thousands, yet the federal government has been woefully lax in regulating them under immense pressure from industry.

Earthjustice waged a four-year battle in court to force compliance with the Clean Air Act, and EPA finally agreed to do its duty—but then produced dreadfully inadequate standards, so the battle goes on.

A mother watches over her child during treatment for asthma.
A mother watches over her child during treatment for asthma. Emissions from industrial boilers sicken thousands across the country. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

Case Updates

August 14, 2013 Press Release

Indiana Power Company Gets Approval To Hike Customer Rates for Its Aging Coal Plants

Decision will cost residents and hold Indianapolis back

March 19, 2012 Press Release

Radio Announcements Thank Sen. Sherrod Brown for Defending Kids' Health

Earthjustice-sponsored announcements will run in the state of Ohio for one week

March 15, 2012 document

Sen. Brown Thank You

In March 2012, Sen. Sherrod Brown voted to reduce toxic emissions from industrial power plants or boilers. As a result, thousands of children will be protected from hospital visits, severe asthma attacks and even death.