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After years of inaction by the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed long-overdue limits on six PFAS in drinking water. (Getty Images)
feature April 10, 2024

Inside EPA鈥檚 Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

Una pila de cenizas de carb贸n, aproximadamente de una altura de cinco pisos, se encuentra junto a la central el茅ctrica AES-PR en la ciudad sure帽a de Guayama, Puerto Rico. (Mabette Col贸n)
feature April 16, 2024

Cenizas de Carb贸n T贸xicas en Puerto Rico: El Peligroso Legado de la Planta de Carb贸n de AES-PR

Applied Energy Services contin煤a contaminando el aire, el suelo y el agua en Puerto Rico con cenizas de carb贸n t贸xicas.

feature April 9, 2024

What You Need To Know About Chlorpyrifos

The neurotoxic pesticide harms children and the environment. There are no safe uses for chlorpyrifos.

In the News: ProPublica April 16, 2024

EPA Finalizes New Standards for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Adam Kron, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: 鈥淭his is an incredibly significant rule that will curtail some of the nation鈥檚 biggest drivers of cancer risk.鈥

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Press Release April 11, 2024

Health and Environmental Advocates Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS in Plastic Containers

The petition asks EPA to regulate PFAS created that leach from more than 100 million fluorinated plastic containers into household products and the environment

John Beard, Robert Taylor, Sharon Lavigne and Harry Joseph, left to right, speak to fellow activists from "Cancer Alley" to call on President Biden to declare a state of emergency in St. James Parrish, La., during a protest outside the White House on Oct. 25, 2022. The procession of activists carried photographs of fellow community members who died because of the toxic impact of fossil fuels. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for Fossil Free Media)
Press Release: Victory April 9, 2024

New EPA Rule Will Reduce Tons of Cancer-Causing Chemical Emissions from Plants

The updates will reduce more than 6,000 tons of the nation鈥檚 most harmful air pollution, including the carcinogens ethylene oxide and chloroprene

Press Release: Victory April 9, 2024

Nueva Norma de la EPA Reducir谩 Toneladas de Emisiones Qu铆micas Que Causan C谩ncer

Las actualizaciones reducir谩n m谩s de 6 mil toneladas de la contaminaci贸n del aire m谩s da帽ina del pa铆s, incluidos carcin贸genos como el 贸xido de etileno y el cloropreno

Almost everyone in the U.S. has traces of PFAS in their body because the chemicals have contaminated the air, soil, and water 鈥 including the drinking water for approximately 200 million people nationwide. (Cavan Images)
Press Release April 9, 2024

EPA Finalizes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

The new standards will require action to clean up drinking water for tens of millions of people nationwide

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette collects water samples in the Cape Fear River near the Smithfield slaughter house in Tar Heel, N.C. (Justin Cook for Earthjustice)
Press Release March 26, 2024

Community, Environmental, and Animal Welfare Organizations Press EPA to Strengthen Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Animal Rendering Facilities

Stronger standards would prevent hundreds of millions of pounds of pollution from reaching rivers and streams, helping to protect more than 22 million people

The Cheswick Generating Station in 2010. Prior to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, oil-burning and coal-burning power plants largely avoided restrictions on emissions of hazardous air pollution. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 12, 2024

Historic Environmental Protections are Up Against the Deadline

The Biden administration must get rulemakings over the finish line this spring to solidify climate and health protections ahead of political uncertainty.

In the News: Financial Times April 11, 2024

Republican states step up legal threats to Joe Biden鈥檚 climate agenda

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: 鈥淭his is the most right-wing court we鈥檝e seen in almost a century, and that鈥檚 emboldening conservative legal activists to swing for the fences with legal claims that would have been laughable just a few years ago. The legal landscape has shifted, and it鈥檚 profound.鈥

Clean Air Laredo Coalition and Rio Grande International Study Center rally in front of Midwest Sterilizer facility in Laredo, TX. The facility ranks among the most polluting facilities in the nation of ethylene oxide emissions. (RGISC)
Press Release March 14, 2024

EPA Finalizes Rule on Ethylene Oxide Sterilizer Facilities鈥 Emissions

Nearly 14 million people in the US live near facilities that emit one of the most toxic air pollutants regulated by the agency

A gray wolf howls in the woods of the the upper Midwest. (Jerry & Barb Jividen / Getty Images)
Press Release March 28, 2024

Earthjustice Responds to Biden Administration鈥檚 Final Endangered Species Act Rulemaking

Biden administration falls short of fully restoring ESA

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Press Release April 10, 2024

EPA Completa Primeros Est谩ndares de PFAS Para Proteger El Agua Potable

Las nuevas normas requerir谩n medidas para limpiar el agua potable de decenas de millones de personas alrededor del pa铆s

Lori Phillips grew up in Franklinville, New York where her family lived on a farm, growing corn and raising livestock. During the summer, the windows of her house would be open while her father sprayed a herbicide on the crops. Years later, Lori developed Parkinson鈥檚 disease. (Tina Russell for Earthjustice)
Article February 27, 2024

This Weed Killer Is Linked to Parkinson鈥檚. Why Isn鈥檛 It Banned Yet?

Paraquat damages farmworkers鈥 respiratory system, their kidneys, and their eyes. Help us urge the EPA to ban it.

Changemakers call for the EPA to hold utilities accountable for their coal ash pollution, on the day of an in-person public hearing held by the agency in Chicago on Jun. 28, 2023. (Jamie Kelter Davis for Earthjustice)
feature December 22, 2023

鈥楧o Your Job, EPA鈥: Stories From the Frontlines of Coal Ash

By law, before government regulations are adopted or changed, agencies must ask the public 鈥 you 鈥 to weigh in.

Steel mills in East Chicago, Indiana, on the shore of Lake Michigan. (Matthew Kaplan / Alamy Stock Photo)
Press Release: Victory March 18, 2024

Final Steel Mill Rule Will Prevent 64 Tons of Hazardous Air Emissions Annually

Despite significant industry pushback, EPA takes important step to regulate steel production, one of the worst sources of toxic heavy metal air pollution

Flaring at a refinery located next to homes in Wilmington, CA. (Jesse Marquez)
Press Release: Victory March 4, 2024

Federal Court Confirms EPA鈥檚 Authority to End Loopholes Companies Use to Pollute Air with Impunity

The exemptions prevent communities from holding air polluters accountable for toxic emissions