CLEAN AIR ISN’T AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
One in three Americans lives in communities where air is unsafe to breathe because of pollution. Dirty air persists because some polluters refuse to clean up toxic air emissions, despite the availability of proven pollution control technology. We suffer the consequences with needless heart ailments, lung disease, asthma attacks, cancer, and shortened lives.
EARTHJUSTICE FIGHTS FOR CLEANER AIR BY:
- PROTECTING IMPACTED COMMUNITIES in polluted areas by ensuring national standards are applied to clean up dirty air.
- OBTAINING AND STRENGTHENING NATIONAL AIR QUALITY STANDARDS using our decades of legal experience enforcing the Clean Air Act and other laws to force improvements in air quality throughout the country and at the most polluting industrial facilities.
WE’RE MAKING IT EASIER TO BREATHE.
After more than a decade of Earthjustice litigation, the EPA finally issued tough new standards to control mercury and other dangerous air pollutants emitted by coal-fired power plants, saving thousands of lives and preventing thousands of heart attacks and asthma attacks every year.
Earthjustice has fought—and won—dozens of Clean Air Act cases to ratchet up public health protections and hold polluters accountable. Unfortunately, far too many Americans are still breathing dirty air and suffering the consequences. Our fight continues.
"Children die of asthma. I'm a parent. I just can't imagine losing your child to asthma. I can't imagine losing your child at all, but losing a child unnecessarily because we can't be bothered to clean up pollution? That's just incredible to me." – Jim Pew, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Office