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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.

Document September 22, 2022

New Jersey's Dirty Secret, Additional Information

Since the release of the New Jersey’s Dirty Secret report, additional information has become available from energy years 2019 to 2021 regarding the amount of subsidies that New Jersey incinerators are receiving under the state’s RPS program. Currently, New Jersey incinerators have received over $50 million in subsidies since 2004.

Document September 14, 2022

Factsheet: Incinerators in New Jersey #ClearTheAir

New Jersey’s biggest incinerators are in our low-income communities and communities of color, and they are some of the biggest polluters. Despite being so filthy, incinerators have received over $30 million in “clean energy” subsidies since 2004. This is money that YOU pay to your utility as a ratepayer. #ClearTheAir

Document September 14, 2022

Incineradores de Nueva Jersey

Los incineradores más grandes de Nueva Jersey se encuentran en nuestras comunidades de bajos ingresos y comunidades de color, y son algunos de los mayores contaminadores. A pesar de ser tan sucios, los incineradores han recibido más de $ 30 millones en subsidios de “energía limpia” desde 2004. Esto proviene del dinero que USTED paga a su empresa de servicios públicos como contribuyente.

Document September 13, 2022

Guam EPA: Letter Advocating for Immediate Denial of Andersen Air Force Base Permit to Open Burn and Open Detonate Hazardous Wastes on Tarague Beach

Prutehi Litekyan/Save Ritidian calls on the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to immediately deny the Andersen Air Force Base permit to open burn and open detonate hazardous waste munitions on Tarague Beach.

Kids play soccer near the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington, Calif.
(Hannah Benet for Earthjustice)
From the Experts September 8, 2022

How Environmental Justice Advocates Dismantled the Oil Industry’s Prized Pollution “Reduction” Program In Los Angeles

A disaster of an experiment with pollution trading is coming to an end.

Document September 6, 2022

Comments: Proposed Environmental Justice Rules, DEP Docket No. 04-22-04

The New Jersey Environmental Justice (EJ) Law can be the most protective environmental justice law in the nation if the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection prioritizes the health of residents in overburdened communities. The Department must evolve and ensure this EJ Law protects residents from all environmental injustices within the state. New Jersey can achieve actual reductions of pollution in EJ communities by denying any new permits in already overburdened communities.