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In the News: E&E News April 4, 2024

Proposed settlement prods EPA action on incinerator emissions

Deena Tumeh, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “Most commercial and industrial waste incinerators across the country operate subject to outdated and flawed toxic air pollution standards or none at all. Communities living near these incinerators have suffered the health consequences of exposure to many toxic air pollutants, including lead, which has no safe level of human…

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feature April 10, 2024

Breaking Down Toxic PFAS

What PFAS are, why they’re harmful, and what we can do to protect ourselves from them

The Development Driller III in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. (Gerald Herbert / AP)
Press Release March 13, 2024

Gulf, Alaska, and Environmental Groups File Motion to Intervene in Oil Industry Lawsuit Against Interior Department’s Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan

Groups aim to defend against industry efforts to maximize offshore drilling in public waters

Flaring at a gas drilling site. (Western Organization of Resource Councils)
Press Release March 28, 2024

National Conservation and Environmental Groups Respond to BLM Methane Waste Rule

BLM rule take steps to reduce waste from routine venting and flaring of gas at well sites

document March 13, 2024

Motion to Intervene in Oil Industry Lawsuit Against Interior Department’s Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan

Gulf, Alaska, and environmental groups filed a motion to intervene in an oil industry lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s Five-Year Program for offshore oil-and-gas leasing — to prevent industry from grabbing even more public waters for profit.

document March 28, 2024

Communities intervene to defend national air quality standards from industry attacks

Health, environmental, and community organizations, represented by Earthjustice and Clean Air Task Force, filed to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent strengthening of an air standard for fine particulate matter pollution, finalized in February. This landmark standard is designed to protect public health and would address environmental injustices but is being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by major trade associations and 25 states.

In the News: The New York Times March 14, 2024

E.P.A. Sets Limits on Carcinogenic Gas Used to Sterilize Medical Devices

Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities: “Today is an important step forward in regulating toxic ethylene oxide emissions from commercial sterilization facilities, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

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’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

Staff from Earthjustice’s San Francisco office, on a well-earned break. (Alison Yin for Earthjustice)
page February 26, 2024

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Drinking water is one of the most common routes of exposure to PFAS. PFAS have polluted the tap water of at least 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico, as well as groundwater in at least 38 states.
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Update: Victory April 10, 2024

New Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water Will Protect Communities Across the U.S.

Highly toxic PFAS chemicals are present in the drinking water of as many as 200 million Americans.

In the News: Financial Times April 11, 2024

Republican states step up legal threats to Joe Biden’s climate agenda

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “This is the most right-wing court we’ve seen in almost a century, and that’s 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’s profound.”

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.

document January 30, 2024

Motion to Intervene to Defend Tongass Roadless Rule

A broad coalition of Alaska Native Tribes, commercial fishers, small tourism businesses, conservation groups, and other forest advocates are seeking to defend the reinstatement of National Roadless Rule protections across the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska by intervening in several legal challenges opposing the rule.

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…

Boat docks sit on dry cracked earth at the Great Salt Lake's Antelope Island Marina in 2021 near Syracuse, Utah. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Press Release January 9, 2024

Over 300 Members of the Medical Community Urge Utah Policymakers to Save the Great Salt Lake

Medical professionals in and outside Utah warn of looming public health crisis

A honey bee alights on a cherry blossom in Stockton, California. Bees and other insects face a global extinction crisis.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory December 13, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Rules Use of Antibiotic as Citrus Pesticide Is Unlawful, Vacates EPA Approval

The decision protects the health of farmworkers who would otherwise face heightened risk of antibiotic-resistant infections, pollinators, and imperiled species

A horseshoe crab in the Delaware Bay near Fortescue, N.J. (Aristide Economopoulos for Earthjustice)
From the Experts January 11, 2024

A Pathway to End the Medical Harvest of Horseshoe Crabs

The biomedical industry harvests massive quantities of horseshoe crabs every year, threatening a number of migratory birds that rely on the crabs as a food source. But synthetic alternatives may soon be available.

A manatee swimming in Florida’s Crystal River. In 2021, over a thousand manatees in Florida died and more than half of those deaths were due to lack of their chief food source, sea grass. Sea grasses cannot survive the excessive levels of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into lagoons from areas such as industrial farms, golf courses, and heavily landscaped developments. (Greg Amptman / Shutterstock)
feature April 14, 2023

Florida & Puerto Rico

What happens in Florida and Puerto Rico informs climate, energy, and environmental policy across the country.