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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.”

staff January 24, 2024

Colin Parts

Colin Parts (he / him) is an associate attorney in the Community Partnerships Program, based in New York. Prior to coming to Earthjustice, Colin was a fellow in the toxics program at the Environmental Defense Fund. He went to college and law school at the University of Chicago (the city of Chicago still holds a…

In the News: Waste Dive January 12, 2024

EPA proposes update to MSW combustor emissions standards for 9 pollutants

Jonathan Smith, Attorney, Community Partnerships: “For far too long, municipal waste incinerators have been exposing environmental justice communities across the nation to unnecessary risks and far dirtier air. We’re relieved to see the EPA is finally taking action to strengthen its oversight of waste incinerators, and we’re hopeful that the updated standards will provide overburdened…

In the News: CAL Matters August 22, 2023

Hidden Hazards: Toxic Waste in California

Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community Partnerships Program: “It can’t be that a system that’s held together at best by bubble gum and baling wire is the thing that we’re doing in a developed nation to manage hazardous waste.”

In the News: KALB August 15, 2023

Colfax Community Group Sues LDEQ Over Clean Harbors Permit Renewal

Thein Chau, Attorney, Community Partnerships, Program, Earthjustice: “Under the law, there are minimum requirements that hazardous waste incinerators need to meet, and they can’t go any lower. LDEQ failed to apply the law correctly despite the clear language.”

staff July 25, 2023

Adam Frankel

Based in Los Angeles, Adam is an associate attorney with the Community Partnerships Program.

The fire at the incinerator in Miami-Dade County in 2023. (Juan Carlos Esquivel)
Document June 2, 2023

Decades of Denial: The Environmental Injustice of EPA’s Failure to Regulate Incinerators

This report highlights four key issues that EPA must address when updating air emission standards from large municipal solid waste incinerators. Meet three communities exposed to unnecessary risk of harm from EPA’s current, weak rules.

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.”

staff March 16, 2023

Danny Cooper

Based in New York, Danny is a litigation assistant with the Community Partnerships program.

In the News: LAist March 6, 2023

In a Largely Black and Latino Community, Neighbors Worry About The Oil Wells In Their Midst

Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community Partnerships Program, Earthjustice: “If they can’t comply with the requirements, the city can petition the court to declare them a nuisance. Nuisance operations have to be corrected or shut down.”

Document October 18, 2022

Notice of Appeal Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian v U.S. Air Force Oct 17 2022

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the Judgment entered on October 6, 2022 (ECF No. 34), and from the Decision and Order Granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss entered on October 6, 2022 (ECF No. 33).

Press Release October 17, 2022

CHamoru Community Group Files Appeal to Protect Ancestral Lands from U.S. Air Force’s Open Detonation of Bombs, Other Munitions on Beach in Northern Guam

The appeal seeks reversal of the Guam District Court’s decision, which lets the Air Force shirk its duty to consider safer disposal technologies and locations for hazardous waste explosives

feature October 12, 2022

Critical Reforms to California’s Petroleum Refinery Emissions Monitoring Law

Petroleum refineries are inherently dangerous operations and significant sources of pollution that put nearby community members at risk.

feature October 12, 2022

Reformas Críticas a la Ley de California de Monitoreo de Emisiones de Refinerías de Petróleo

Las operaciones de refinerías de petróleo son inherentemente peligrosas y fuentes de contaminación significativas que ponen en riesgo a miembros de la comunidad.

Document October 12, 2022

Crossing the Fenceline: Critical Reforms to California’s Petroleum Refinery Emissions Monitoring Law

This report, by Earthjustice’s Community Partnerships Program, discusses flaws in implementation of California’s fenceline monitoring program and provides recommendations to fix these problems and strengthen the fenceline monitoring program so that it better serves community members.

Document October 12, 2022

Cruzando el Cerco: Reformas Críticas a la Ley de California de Monitoreo de Emisiones de Refinerías de Petróleo

California debe asegurar que los distritos de aire logren sus metas de la legislación – informar a miembros de la comunidad de emisiones dañinas, para identificar fuentes de contaminación en refinerías y para informar medidas para reducir emisiones.

feature September 28, 2022

Radford Arsenal: Toxic Contamination from Open Burning and Open Detonation

At military bases across the country, the Department of Defense has for decades relied on a practice known as open burn / open detonation to destroy excess, unserviceable, or obsolete military munitions.

Document September 28, 2022

An Explosive Problem: The Radford Arsenal’s Toxic Operations

A report by by Earthjustice’s Community Partnerships Program and the Center for Progressive Reform in partnership with Citizens for Arsenal Accountability.