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Vast warehouses bump up against homes in Southern California. (David McNew / The New York Times)
From the Experts June 24, 2024

California Reins in Its Smoggy Warehouse Problem

A new approach to mega warehouse pollution is showing early success in the fight against diesel pollution. Everyone should be talking about Indirect Source Rules.

Emissions from a stack at the Mitchell Power Plant, a coal-powered plant, in Moundsville, WV, on Thurs., May 4, 2023. (Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Update June 25, 2024

The Supreme Court Is About to Rule on a Major Air Pollution Case

Health and environmental stakes are high as industrial polluters and political allies challenge the EPA’s efforts to curb smog and protect communities.

The U.S. Capitol building. (Architect of the Capitol)
From the Experts June 21, 2024

The Congressional Review Act: Congress’s Favorite Tool to Undermine Public Health, Labor Rights, and Environmental Protections

It’s time to repeal this damaging and undemocratic piece of legislation.

The newly restored flows to `Īao Stream (traditionally known as Wailuku River) in October 2014. (Kapua Sproat / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory June 24, 2024

Hawai‘i’s High Court Issues Another Historic Ruling in Maui “Four Waters” Case

State Water Commission failed to restore stream flows after closure of last sugar plantation

Aerial view of the smelting complex in the city of La Oroya, Peru in 2022. La Oroya is one of the most polluted localities on the planet. (Ernesto Benavides / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts: Victory June 20, 2024

La Oroya v. Peru: Historic Precedent on Human Rights and the Environment

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights set an important precedent for state oversight of industrial pollution.

document June 13, 2024

Petition for Declaratory Order: Skookumchuck Dam

The Quinault Indian Nation filed a petition with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife calling for removal of the aging Skookumchuck Dam.

A person crosses a street in Downtown Houston in the afternoon heat in May 2024. (Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)
Article June 11, 2024

This Could Be the Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s What We’re Doing About It.

Burning fossil fuels is making summer more prone to extreme weather events. Here’s how we’re tackling the climate crisis.

The former Crist Power Plant near Pensacola, Florida, in 2022. (Art Wager / Getty Images)
Update April 25, 2024

Why the EPA’s New Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants Matter

The EPA has announced new carbon pollution standards for power plants. Here’s what’s at stake.

People enjoy a sunny afternoon in a Los Angeles park with a view of the downtown skyline. (Chris Delmas / AFP via Getty Images)
Update March 29, 2024

We’re on Our Way to Court to Defend a New Standard That Protects Us from Deadly Air Pollution

After hearing from the public, including 32,000 Earthjustice supporters, the EPA delivered stronger air quality protections.

In the News: Philadelphia Inquirer May 29, 2024

Philadelphia’s Black communities would suffer most from weakened air pollution rules

An opinion piece by Marvin C. Brown IV, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice

The Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, reflected in a window of a home in Springdale, is among the hundreds of power plants likely covered by the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 25, 2024

The Mercury & Air Toxics Standards

When companies burn coal in the U.S., significant amounts of mercury spew into our air. Now, that mercury is controlled, thanks to a federal rule that Earthjustice and our clients fought for, defended, and successfully expanded.

The Denka Performance Elastomer manufacturing plant in Reserve, Louisiana, on March 18, 2022. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 13, 2024

Environmental Advocates Join Court Case in Defense of EPA Action to Reduce Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

Denka, a synthetic rubber maker whose pollution has wreaked havoc on nearby communities’ health, is trying to block an EPA rule setting pollution limits

Fine particulate matter (also known as soot or PM2.5) originate from fuel combustion and industrial processes. These harmful tiny particles penetrate the lungs and bloodstream, causing serious health harms. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 20, 2024

Earthjustice Blasts Congressional Efforts to Weaken Particulate Matter Standard

The ‘Smoggy Skies Act’ would weaken the Clean Air Act, limit the use of science-based decision making, and put the profits of polluting industries over the right to clean air

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

Map of soot air pollution by county in 2022. (Air Quality System Data / U.S. EPA)
feature February 7, 2024

Mapping Soot and Smog Pollution in the United States

How is the air where you live?

The EES Coke Battery facility on Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. The plant is owned by DTE Vantage, a subsidiary of DTE Energy. The EES Coke facility releases thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide in the overburdened River Rouge community and near the state’s most polluted zip code, 48217. (Ted Auch / FracTracker Alliance)
Press Release: Victory May 24, 2024

EPA Finalizes Overdue Air Standards for Cancer-Causing Coke Ovens Emissions

The new rule will require companies to be more transparent about emission releases, fenceline monitoring, and set new limits for dangerous, unregulated air toxics

Power lines near Pittsburgh, Penn. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature June 3, 2024

The Public v. the Power Companies

See how Earthjustice makes the case before public utility commissions for a faster, fairer transition to clean energy.

Deadly fine particulate matter pollution, also known as soot, comes from tailpipes, smokestacks and industrial power plants. Breathing soot can cause premature death, heart disease, and lung damage. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 28, 2024

Communities Fight Back Against Industry Attacks on New Air Quality Standards

EPA’s updated soot standards under threat from legal challenges, potentially undermining air quality improvements for years to come