Governor Green issued a revised Emergency Proclamation that eliminated attempts to suspend state laws requiring public hearings, assessment of environmental impacts, and protections for Native Hawaiian burials and also restored county council oversight over most affordable housing projects.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a consent decree mandating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize much-needed updates to ethylene oxide regulations by March 1, 2024. This court-enforced deadline comes as a result of years of tireless advocacy from communities across the country and a corresponding lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of California Communities Against Toxics, Clean Power Lake County, Rio Grande International Study Center, Sierra Club, and Union of Concerned Scientists.
On April 18, 2023, a federal court signed a consent decree between Earthjustice clients and the Environmental Protection Agency, which agreed to review oil and gas source air pollution emission standards.
In 1971, Phil Berry, Fred Fisher, and Don Harris founded the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (as Earthjustice was then known), dedicated to fighting in court and in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.
Plaintiffs Cape Fear River Watch, et al. filed complaint against Defendants the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michael S. Regan, administrator of the EPA. Complaint alleges EPA failed to at least annually revise, if appropriate, the effluent limitations guidelines for the Meat and Poultry Products (MPP) industrial point source category, and failed to publish regulations establishing pretreatment standards for introduction of pollutants from MPP facilities into publicly owned treatment works.
The EPA will consider closing a loophole that exempts over half a billion tons of toxic coal ash in landfills from federal oversight. The proposed consent decree would require that EPA either complete a review of 40 CFR 257.50(d) and determine that no revision is necessary, or sign a proposed rule to revise it on or before May 5, 2023. If a proposal is issued, the EPA must take final action regarding the proposed revision no later than May 6, 2024.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed in a consent decree to review and determine whether to update pollution limits for Group I Polymers and Resins facilities — certain synthetic rubber manufacturing facilities that emit cancer-causing air pollutants and other air toxics. The decision stems from an Earthjustice lawsuit filed on behalf of Concerned Citizens of St. John, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and Sierra Club in November of 2021. A federal court in Washington, D.C. entered a consent decree requiring EPA to perform overdue rulemakings for Group I Polymers and Resins facilities. EPA must issue a proposed rule with potentially updated pollution limits by March of 2023 and a final rule by March of 2024. [Case 1:20-cv-03119-TNM, authored by Hon. Trevor N. McFadden]