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Press Release September 18, 2023

Health and Environmental Justice Advocates Sue EPA to Force Action on Overdue Toxic Chemical Reviews

EPA missed its deadlines to evaluate twenty-two toxic chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act

Document August 22, 2023

Lead Wheel Weights Petition (Aug 2023)

Public health advocates represented by Earthjustice today sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its unreasonable delay in regulating lead wheel weights, despite granting the advocates’ 2009 petition requesting regulation of the manufacture, processing, and distribution of lead wheel weights.

A youth scientist who spoke to the U.S. EPA to ask the agency to ban lead wheel weights holds up a fragmented part of a lead wheel weight found a block from the U.S. EPA building along Constitution Ave., in Washington D.C. (Matt Roth for Earthjustice)
Press Release August 22, 2023

Advocates Declare ‘No More Delay,’ Sue EPA for Stalled Lead Wheel Weight Regulation

Millions of pounds of lead wheel weights contaminate the environment, exposing people to a highly toxic heavy metal

Lead-based paint disintegrates over time and contaminates dust throughout homes or schools; lead in soil around these buildings also leads to children’s exposure. (M.R. / CC BY-ND 2.0)
Update August 4, 2023

EPA Proposes New Rule That Would Help Protect Kids from Lead Dust

After a decades-long battle, the EPA has proposed a rule that would deem any amount of lead dust found in schools, daycares, and homes to be a “lead hazard.”

Press Release July 21, 2023

FDA Ratifica Uso De Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas Que Se Filtran En Alimentos Y Bebidas

La decisión de la agencia expone a nuestras comunidades, especialmente la hispana y afroamericana, a sustancias químicas que alteran el sistema hormonal, y están relacionadas con defectos de nacimiento, infertilidad y daño al desarrollo cerebral

Food is the primary way that most people are exposed to most phthalates. Phthalates leach into food and drinks when used in food packaging and food production equipment. (Andrii Pohranychnyi / Getty Images)
Press Release July 21, 2023

FDA Allows Ongoing Use of Toxic Chemicals that Leach into Food and Drinks

The agency’s decision leaves people, especially Black and Latino, exposed to hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, and harm to brain development

Food is the primary way that most people are exposed to most phthalates. Phthalates leach into food and drinks when used in food packaging and food production equipment. (Andrii Pohranychnyi / Getty Images)
Press Release July 14, 2023

EPA Mandates Pollution Reporting for Widely Used Toxic Phthalate Chemical

The new rule affirms diisononyl phthalate, which companies put in food-contact materials and other consumer products, poses serious health risks.

Lead-based paint disintegrates over time and contaminates dust throughout homes or schools; lead in soil around these buildings also leads to children’s exposure. (M.R. / CC BY-ND 2.0)
Press Release: Victory July 12, 2023

EPA Eyes Tighter Lead Dust Standards for Homes and Schools

Agency finally recognizes that exposure to lead at any level is hazardous

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.
(Earthjustice)
feature June 6, 2023

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

From the Experts May 24, 2023

Parents have a right to know: New York Pending Bill Aims to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure and Close Regulatory Loophole

This Mother’s and Father’s Day let’s help end the 100% preventable childhood toxic lead exposure; every child deserves a safe, lead-free home

Press Release April 20, 2023

EPA Proposes Ban on Many Uses of Deadly Solvent

The rule would prohibit dozens of widespread methylene chloride uses, restrict others

Document April 7, 2023

EPA Chevron Challenge

Earthjustice’s challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow Chevron USA to manufacture highly carcinogenic chemicals to make fuels.

Press Release April 7, 2023

Community Sues EPA for Allowing Production of Petrochemical Fuel Despite Extreme Cancer Risk

EPA approved Chevron USA’s request to make the fuel despite the up to 1 in 4 cancer risk it poses to a fenceline community in Pascagoula, Mississippi

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: 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.”

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