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Press Release January 11, 2023

EPA falla con la nueva regla de contaminación por hollín

A pesar de la creciente evidencia científica, la EPA propone protecciones de salud pública insuficientes

Particulate air monitors in use in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana.
(Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Article January 6, 2023

Why Your Air Quality Matters and How You Can Fix It

A new EPA standard for PM 2.5 falls short. We need your help to push the EPA to do better.

Press Release January 6, 2023

EPA’s Soot Pollution Rule Update Falls Short, Again

Despite strong scientific consensus, EPA proposes lackluster public health protections

Press Release October 28, 2021

EPA to Reconsider “Do Nothing” Ozone Rule

Groups applaud step, urge stronger protections against dangerous smog pollution

Press Release June 10, 2021

EPA Takes Important Step Toward Science-based Policy, Environmental Justice

Earthjustice applauds EPA’s rethinking of particulate matter pollution rules

Smog covers the city of Los Angeles, CA.
(Metropolitan Transportation Library Archive)
case February 11, 2021

Obtaining Stronger Smog Standards to Save Lives

The air is easier to breathe today due to the protections provided by the Clean Air Act, but there are still over 130 million Americans living with areas that have dangerous levels of ozone pollution. Sometimes called smog, ozone is linked to premature deaths, damages plants and forests, and stunts tree and crop growth. Formed…

Document February 11, 2021

American Academy of Pediatrics et al v US EPA

Fourteen health and environmental groups, half of them represented by Earthjustice, challenged ozone standards in a lawsuit in a federal appeals court. The move comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Trump administration’s last-minute refusal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, or NAAQS, for ozone, and less than a month after Earthjustice sued the EPA over a similar rule affecting particulate matter.

Press Release February 11, 2021

“Do Nothing” Toxic Ozone Rule Challenged by Health and Environmental Groups

Ground-level ozone harms public health and nature, yet inaction continues

Document January 19, 2021

NAAQS petition for review

NAAQS petition for review

Press Release January 19, 2021

“Do Nothing” Air Pollution Rule Challenged by Health and Environmental Groups

Smog is choking our lungs and iconic wild places with dangerous brown haze

Document May 7, 2019

2008 NAAQS Ozone Bump-ups Deadline Lawsuit

All areas of the country are legally entitled to healthy, clean air. Not all areas have it. Plaintiffs Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club bring this action for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief to compel Defendant Andrew R. Wheeler, in his official capacity as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to carry out his overdue legal obligation to officially determine whether certain moderate nonattainment areas of the country attained or did not attain the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone by the statutory deadline, an action necessary to strengthen clean air protections so as to bring communities with unhealthy levels of ozone pollution into compliance with clean air standards by a new legal deadline.

A través de la Ley De Aire Limpio, la EPA tiene una obligación de establecer Estándares Nacionales de Calidad Ambiental del Aire (NAAQS, por sus siglas en inglés)
(Louis Vest / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release May 7, 2019

Defensores del Medio Ambiente Demandan a la EPA Por Dejar En Su Lugar Protecciones Laxas de Aire Puro en Ocho Estados

Áreas que todavía poseen aire contaminado serán sujetas a protecciones más fuertes

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA has an obligation to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for a number of common air pollutants including ground-level ozone.
(Louis Vest / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release May 7, 2019

Advocates Challenge EPA for Leaving Weak Clean Air Protections in Place in Eight States

Areas that still have dirty air will be subject to stronger protections

Document March 4, 2019

Notice of intent to sue EPA ozone nonattainment deadline

Notice of intent letter sent to EPA on March 4, 2019, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club

A haze of smog covers the Port of Houston.
(James Dillard)
Article March 4, 2019

The EPA Won’t Do Its Air-Protection Job, So We’re Putting It on Notice

We just notified the EPA that we will sue it in 60 days if it doesn't comply with the law.

Document February 4, 2019

Petition for Review: 2015 Ozone Implementation

Pursuant to Clean Air Act § 307(b)(1), 42 U.S.C. § 7607(b)(1), Federal Rules of Appellate Procedures Rule 15, and D.C. Circuit Rule 15, Downwinders at Risk, Sierra Club, and National Parks Conservation Association hereby petition this Court for review of the final action of Respondents U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, announced in a Federal Register notice published at 83 FR 62,998 (Dec. 6, 2018) and titled “Implementation of the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Nonattainment Area State Implementation Plan Requirements; Final Rule.”

Document March 12, 2018

Court Orders EPA to Move Forward with Enforcing Smog Standard

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California orders EPA to move forward with enforcing smog standard.

Matthew Elliot of the California Nurses Association rallied outside the EPA's hearing in Sacramento, CA, on February 2, 2015. The nurses joined concerned community members to call for an ozone pollution standard of 60 parts-per-billion to improve the quality of the air we all breathe.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory March 12, 2018

Court Orders EPA to Move Forward with Implementing Strengthened Smog Standard

Decision will help save hundreds of lives