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In the News: Kenosha News February 16, 2024

In race to prevent lead in our drinking water, who is being left behind?

Suzanne Novak, Attorney, Northeast Office: “If we don’t prohibit charging a customer, we may very well end up with a two-tiered system, where wealthier communities, which are disproportionately white, will have more of their lead service lines replaced than in other communities.”

Jessica Conard poses for a photograph as a train rolls by her home in East Palestine, Ohio. (Matt Rourke / AP)
Article February 15, 2024

A Train Full of Toxic Chemicals Derailed in Her Town. Here’s What Her Community Needs Now.

A year after the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, advocates are still pushing for much-needed change.

In the News: MinnPost February 15, 2024

Minnesota tribes say EPA’s taconite mercury emission rules don’t go far enough

James Pew, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “That just isn’t enough. The EPA could fix this.”

In the News: The Guardian February 11, 2024

EPA again OKs use of toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program: “There is an incredibly overwhelming body of evidence on this that has been accepted by scientists across the globe, and the EPA’s decision really placed it at odds with the best available science.”

A warning sign posted near a pond contaminated with trichloroethylene and other hazardous chemicals at the former Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock, Texas. (Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)
Article February 9, 2024

It’s Time to Ban This Solvent Linked to Cancer

The Biden administration may soon be finalizing a ban on trichloroethylene. Here’s what it is and who is at risk of exposure.

In the News: Food & Beverage Insider February 9, 2024

Court decision allows chlorpyrifos use to resume, EPA considers next steps

Patti Goldman, Attorney, Northwest Office: “The actions the agencies are taking now are simply conforming regulations and guidance to the Eighth Circuit decision. Next, EPA will need to decide whether chlorpyrifos is safe for children. In light of the extensive science showing chlorpyrifos causes learning disabilities at low exposure levels, EPA cannot find the pesticide…

In the News: Inside EPA February 8, 2024

EPA Urged To Use Combustor Rule To Gather PFAS Data For Future Limits

Colin Parts, Attorney, Community Partnerships Program: “EPA should use this rulemaking opportunity to gather data on existing emissions of PFAS to support a future rulemaking requiring emissions reduction.”

Clean Air Laredo Coalition and Rio Grande International Study Center rally in front of Midwest Sterilizer facility in Laredo, TX. The facility ranks among the most polluting facilities in the nation of ethylene oxide emissions. (RGISC)
Update February 6, 2024

Industry Is Trying to Weaken Regulations on Cancer-Causing Emissions

The EPA has proposed stronger rules on the cancer-causing emission ethylene oxide — but industry is pushing back.

Leaded gas used in small airplanes is commonly referred to as “avgas.” It is the single largest source of lead emissions in the country. (Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock)
Press Release February 5, 2024

Earthjustice Applauds Congressional Letter Urging EPA and FAA Action on Leaded Aviation Gas

Leaded aviation gas is the largest source of airborne lead emissions in the nation and causes numerous health impacts

Black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern train, Feb. 6, 2023. If the fossil fuel industry gets its way, many more trains will pass through the region soon, adding to a slew of environmental threats posed by the industry’s plans for the Ohio River Valley.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Article February 2, 2024

Putting a Lid on Plastics Production in the Ohio River Valley

Residents are challenging industry’s petrochemicals push into the region, and Earthjustice’s legal strategy has helped them notch an early win.

Stanley tumblers are seen for sale at a store in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (Eric Risberg / AP)
Article February 1, 2024

Worry About Lead in Your Drinking Water, But Not From Stanley Cups

The trendy water bottles have raised concerns about lead poisoning. While experts say the cups are safe, here’s where lead exposure is a problem in our lives and what we can do about it.

(Rob Marmion / Shutterstock)
Press Release January 31, 2024

EPA Ignores the Science Linking Widely Used Herbicide to Parkinson’s Disease

At least 58 countries have banned paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide, because of its severe health harms

Drinking water and PFAS research being conducted at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Cincinnati. (Joshua A. Bickel / AP)
Article January 31, 2024

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

A fundamental environmental law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government needs to fully enforce it.

In Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley, a cemetery stands in stark contrast to the chemical plants that surround it.
(Photo by Julie Dermansky)
feature January 23, 2024

How Big Oil is Using Toxic Chemicals as a Lifeline – and How We Can Stop It

Petrochemicals are an environmental and public health disaster. What you need to know.

In the News: Fast Company January 22, 2024

Florida burns its trash for energy. And now it wants to use climate funds to expand

Bradley Marshall, Attorney, Florida Office: “It is the dirtiest way to produce energy.”

Workers with East Bay Municipal Utility District install new water pipe on April 22, 2021, in Walnut Creek, California.
(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Update January 18, 2024

We’re Fighting to Keep Lead Out of Homes, Childcare Facilities, and Drinking Water. Here’s How You Can Help.

Tell the government we need bold solutions to protect millions of people from lead.

A sign, placed by the EPA, warns people not to play on the lawn at the West Calumet Housing Complex on April 19, 2017, in East Chicago, Indiana. Nearly all the residents of the complex were ordered to move by the East Chicago Housing Authority after the soil and many homes were found to contain high levels of lead. The area has been declared an EPA Superfund site.
(Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Press Release January 17, 2024

Earthjustice Applauds New EPA Actions Lowering Screening Levels and Strengthening Guidance for Investigating and Cleaning Up Lead-Contaminated Soil in Residential Areas

Under new guidance regarding hazardous sites, the current screening standard of 400ppm will be reduced to 200ppm, significantly increasing the number of sites subject to cleanup.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a briefing in New York City. (John Lamparski / Getty Images)
Press Release January 17, 2024

Earthjustice Statement: New York Governor Hochul Releases SFY2025 State Executive Budget Proposal

Governor’s budget mixed bag on environment: Includes key elements of NY HEAT Act to fight climate change; cuts water infrastructure funding by half