Suzanne Novak, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “They dismissed the complaint but they still did not do what they were supposed to, which was rule upon the issues raised in the complaint about the disparate environmental impacts it would have on this community of color.”
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Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This administration has no idea how valuable the office of environmental justice is ... This decision shows how fiscally irresponsible they are ... This is the one program that focuses on some of the most vulnerable communities. It smacks of elitism and racism if this is where they think the cuts can come from.”
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.”
Tyler Smith, Staff Scientist, Earthjustice: “We need to be very clear about what [the Secret Science Reform Act] is all about. We need to move beyond wonky explanations that its supporters provide and talk about how this bill will prevent the EPA from protecting children with asthma or protecting them from toxic pesticides ... The reality is that industry is trying to use transparency to cover up the health risks posed by toxic chemicals.”
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.”