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In the News: Politico March 31, 2023

GOP energy package would revamp landmark toxics law

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, Earthjustice: “This is the broadest and most direct assault on the 2016 TSCA amendments since they were passed.”

In the News: Marketplace March 29, 2023

Lead smelters provide a crucial service, but what of the health effects?

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.”

In the News: Grist March 29, 2023

It’s not just oceans that are rising. Groundwater is, too.

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.”

Press Release March 29, 2023

EPA orders final cancellation of nerve-agent pesticide found in grain

Chlorpyrifos-methyl is being phased out, but dozens of similar harmful organophosphate pesticides remain in food

A Louisiana Bucket Brigade bicycle tour in Norco, Louisiana, on Mar. 16, 2022. Leading the tour was Sheila Tahir, with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Pastor Harry Joseph, a resident of St. James Parish and the pastor of Mt. Triumph Baptist Church. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 22, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds Reintroduction of the Environmental Justice for All Act

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.

In the News: Civil Eats March 22, 2023

Paraquat, the Deadliest Chemical in US Agriculture, Goes on Trial

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.”

In the News: Grist March 22, 2023

The Ground Beneath Their Feet

Eve Gartner, Managing Attorney, Toxic Exposure and Health Program, Earthjustice: “Communities around the country are suffering lead exposure from soil because EPA has dropped the ball for decades.”

A few of the action items from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's roadmap to regulate PFAS chemical pollution that are failing or have missed deadlines.
feature March 20, 2023

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

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 March 16, 2023

If the Oil Industry Gets Its Wish, the Ohio River Valley Could See More Toxic Trains

A plan to build more petrochemical plants has already begun, but locals are fighting back.

Press Release March 15, 2023

EPA announces initiative to protect workers from nerve agent pesticides

Organophosphates are linked to intellectual disabilities and cancer

EPA’s proposed levels are lower than New York’s existing and proposed PFAS standards. New York’s Department of Health (DOH) currently has MCLs for PFOA and PFOS at ten parts per trillion for each chemical. In September 2022, the DOH proposed to regulate 23 additional PFAS with MCLs and notification levels higher than EPA’s proposal.
Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Proposes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

New York Governor Hochul and Department of Health Urged to Follow EPA’s Lead and Lower State MCLs for safer drinking water

Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Propone Primeros Estándares De Agua Potable Para Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas PFAS

La propuesta de la EPA regularía seis productos químicos ampliamente utilizados dentro de la clase de miles de PFAS

Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Proposes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

EPA’s proposal would regulate six widely used chemicals within the class of thousands of PFAS

In the News: The Guardian March 9, 2023

New Utah oil railroad by Colorado River raises health and climate fears

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.”

Press Release February 28, 2023

EPA Sues Denka to Cut Deadly Chloroprene Emissions in Cancer Alley

St. John the Baptist Parish has one of the highest cancer rates in the country due to the facility’s emissions

Press Release February 27, 2023

New Map Shows Toxic Chemical Releases, Fires, and Explosions happen every two days in the U.S.

Emissions from these incidents do not have to be reported to the EPA due to loopholes in the law

Press Release February 21, 2023

Earthjustice to DOT: Immediately Act to Address Hazardous Train Safety Issues

Ohio train derailment caused a major health and environmental disaster

Press Release February 17, 2023

Advocates Renew Call to Modernize Federal Rail Brake Systems Following Ohio Train Derailment

Environmental groups urge federal agencies to reinstate modern train safety requirements in the wake of recent disaster