Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community Partnerships, Earthjustice: “If there was ever a time when it was appropriate to have a secondary lead smelter in Los Angeles County, that time has long since passed.”
Jenny Cassel, Attorney, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: “This is a very urgent issue, because the closure is required, the closure is happening. And in some places, it’s happening in ways that are not going to alleviate the problem.”
As Congress addresses the climate crisis and looks to rapidly build out the clean energy infrastructure of the future, this bill provides a blueprint for a better way forward that includes communities in the decision-making process from the beginning.
Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, Earthjustice: “The initial paraquat risk assessment was scientifically and legally baseless. The key question now is whether EPA uses this new opportunity to follow the science and protect the public from this incredibly dangerous pesticide.”
Kristen Boyles, Managing Attorney, Northwest Office: “If this goes forward it will be a triumph of corporate greed. The fact that we continue to have disasters like East Palestine and near misses over and over again is a regulatory failure that demonstrates the absolute power of railroad industry lobbying.”