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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 February 29, 2024

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

Residents observe the fire consuming the TPC Group plant on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Port Neches, Texas. Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through the chemical plant and one left several workers injured. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Chronicle via AP)
Press Release March 1, 2024

EPA Strengthens Chemical Disaster Safeguards

Nearly 180 million people live in the worst-case scenario zones for a chemical disaster

Document February 29, 2024

New Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities

On average, over 17,000 animals are killed each minute in slaughterhouses across the United States. Slaughterhouse byproducts such as fat, bone, and feathers are often sent to rendering facilities for conversion into tallow, animal meal, and other products. Both slaughterhouses and rendering facilities require a near-constant flow of water, and they discharge hundreds of millions of pounds of water pollution each year.

Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Because electric vehicles are more efficient in converting energy to power cars and trucks, electricity across the board is cleaner and cheaper as a fuel for vehicles, even when that electricity comes from the dirtiest grid. (Mecky / Getty Images)
Update February 21, 2024

The EPA Must Hold the Line on the Strongest Car Pollution Standards Ever

Here’s what the standards would do for health and climate.

In the News: Inside Climate News February 8, 2024

EPA Reports “Widespread Noncompliance” With the Nation’s First Regulations on Toxic Coal Ash

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: “We see this as the first shot across the bow informing the utilities and states and stakeholders that EPA indeed does find significant noncompliance with the coal ash rule.”

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 February 7, 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.

Press Release February 9, 2024

EPA’s Delayed Mercury Limits for Taconite Plants Fall Short

The rule doesn’t reduce taconite facilities’ dangerous mercury emissions enough

Document February 9, 2024

EPA’s Taconite Final Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues decades-overdue standards to control mercury and other toxic emissions from taconite iron ore processing plants.

Drinking water and PFAS research being conducted at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Cincinnati. (Joshua A. Bickel / AP)
Article January 31, 2024

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

A fundamental environmental law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government needs to fully enforce it.

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Press Release February 6, 2024

As Amazon Reports $170 Billion in Record Profits, ElectrifyNY Coalition Calls for Responsible Operations and Clean Deliveries

Tailpipe emissions pollute the air causing public health harms and exacerbate the climate crisis; Clean Deliveries Act will drive legislative and zero-emission solutions

Press Release: Victory December 15, 2023

EPA Proposes Improved Water Pollution Control Standards for Slaughterhouses and Rendering Facilities

In response to lawsuits, EPA begins process of mandating pollution reductions

Document January 31, 2024

Comments on the City of Everett Water Pollution Control Facility, NPDES Wastewater Discharge Permit

In renewing an NPDES permit, the Department of Ecology must address violations of water quality standards and the harm such violations cause to people, water, and aquatic life.

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)
Update February 6, 2024

Industry Is Trying to Weaken Regulations on Cancer-Causing Emissions

The EPA has proposed stronger rules on the cancer-causing emission ethylene oxide — but industry is pushing back.

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 5, 2024

Colorado Reaches Settlement with Suncor Energy on Fenceline Monitoring Lawsuit

A separate enforcement action announced today penalizes Suncor for repeated air pollution violations

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a briefing in New York City. (John Lamparski / Getty Images)
Press Release January 17, 2024

Earthjustice Statement: New York Governor Hochul Releases SFY2025 State Executive Budget Proposal

Governor’s budget mixed bag on environment: Includes key elements of NY HEAT Act to fight climate change; cuts water infrastructure funding by half

Earthjustice’s Right to Zero campaign and allies held an event in support of the Green Transit, Green Jobs bill at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 . This critical bill will facilitate the transition to electric buses and promote good manufacturing jobs in New York State. (Patrick Dodson for Earthjustice)
Press Release January 30, 2024

Green Transit, Green Jobs, Proposed Bill Brings Clean Transportation and Good Green Manufacturing Jobs to New York

The win-win legislation jump-starts cleaner air with emissions-free buses and provides green sector jobs; Lawmakers, union leaders, and advocates urge Governor Hochul to Include in 2025 NY Final Budget

Orcas in Puget Sound. (Tifotter / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
case January 8, 2024

Protecting Salmon and Orcas from Puget Sound Wastewater Pollution

Working with four nonprofit environmental organizations — Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, RE Sources, Toxic-Free Future, and Waste Action Project — Earthjustice is advocating for more stringent pollution controls for the wastewater treatment plant to help protect salmon, orcas, and people.

Oil and gas operations near residential areas in Colorado. (Chris Schneider for Earthjustice)
Press Release December 2, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds EPA For Finalizing Strong Safeguards Against Methane Pollution

Methane standards will cut climate pollution, safeguard public health and advance environmental justice