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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

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.

In the News: The Mercury News May 23, 2024

Opinion: What Newsom should do next to curb Big Oil emissions

An opinion piece from Sasan Saadat (senior policy analyst on Earthjustice’s Right To Zero campaign) and Amelia Keyes (attorney at Communities for a Better Environment).

In the News: WESA May 22, 2024

New EPA rules could force emissions limits, monitoring at Clairton Coke Works

Adrienne Lee, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “They are very harmful to human health in small quantities, and they don’t necessarily travel very far, but they have a big impact on communities living right near to a given facility.”

In the News: Detroit Metro Times May 22, 2024

DTE Energy added to federal lawsuit over excessive pollution emissions on Zug Island

Mary Rock, Attorney, Midwest Office: “At DTE’s direction, EES Coke sought the removal of pollution limits that allowed the facility to burn more coke oven gas and emit sulfur dioxide pollution.”

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In the News: Inside Climate News May 19, 2024

In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ Excitement Over New Emissions Rules Is Tempered By a Legal Challenge to Federal Environmental Justice Efforts

Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office: “It’s just another attack on one of the most important civil rights, environmental justice tools under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. It’s not a coincidence that the states who signed onto this petition have problematic records of allowing industrial activity to harm low-income communities of color. And…

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

The Greenidge Generating Station on the west shore of Seneca Lake, near Dresden, New York.
(Lauren Petracca for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory May 9, 2024

Another Decision Upholds Denial of Cryptominer Greenidge Generation’s Air Permit – DEC Case Closed

Climate-killing crypto miner Greenidge Generation became a national story and test case for how states should handle the exploitative and extractive crypto mining industry

The PSEG coal-fired power plant, next to Bridgeport Harbor, Conn., in 2020.  (Allison Minto for Earthjustice)
feature May 2, 2024

How the Biden Administration Can Keep Building on Historic Environmental Protections

With more than a dozen major environmental rules recently finalized, here’s what the administration should do as soon as possible to secure a lasting impact.

Solar panels in Colorado. (Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)
From the Experts May 10, 2024

How We’re Pushing Colorado to Make Buildings Climate-Friendly

For a decade, Earthjustice has advocated for a cleaner and more equitable energy system at the Colorado PUC—and we’re seeing progress.

Bitcoin mining machines in a warehouse at the Whinstone US Bitcoin mining facility in Rockdale, Texas, the largest in North America. Operations like this one have been boosted by China’s intensified crypto crackdown that has pushed the industry west. (Mark Felix / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts March 12, 2024

Cryptocurrency Miners Need to Report their Energy Use

The U.S. Energy Information Administration raises concerns about energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining operations, will seek comments on reporting requirements.

(James Olstein for Earthjustice)
feature February 28, 2024

Right To Zero: Building a Zero-emissions Future

We’re creating a zero-emissions reality from coast to coast.

Andrea Vidaurre of the People's Collective for Environmental Justice speaks at a rally before a California Air Resources Board public hearing to consider proposed clean trucks regulation in 2022 in Sacramento Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 29, 2024

Fighting to Breathe: Andrea Vidaurre is Taking on the Freight Industry’s Pollution from California to Washington, D.C.

“People should care about what’s going on here because all of us benefit from the goods movement system — no matter where you live.”

A coal ash pond full of dead trees lies adjacent to Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C., in 2016. (Chuck Burton / AP)
Press Release: Victory April 25, 2024

Earthjustice Applauds EPA for Historic Suite of Safeguards from Power Plant Pollution

Standards will tackle major sources of climate pollution and protect public health

The downtown Los Angeles skyline bathed in smog. (Daniel Stein / Getty Images)
From the Experts May 7, 2024

Southern California Can Boil Water Without Boiling the Planet

Efficient, modern, and clean. Heat pumps are heading for the industrial and commercial sectors in the nation’s manufacturing hub.

Trucks haul shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest port. Their emissions create diesel death zones along freight lines and freeways throughout the state. Trucks produce the pollution for 40% of California’s unhealthy smog problem.
(Getty Images)
Press Release April 24, 2024

Biden’s National Goal of a Zero-Emissions Freight Sector is a Momentous Step Towards an Electric Future

New national goal is announced with nearly $1 billion in grants from the Inflation Reduction Act for cities, states, and Tribes to electrify school buses, refuse trucks, and delivery trucks

A father cooks with his family on an induction stove. The building electrification movement has been gaining steam as a major climate and clean air solution (Halfpoint Images / Getty Images)
From the Experts May 9, 2024

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Maryland’s Legislative Session: Are Maryland’s Climate Mandates at Risk?

While Maryland passed several vital climate bills this session, the state budget includes last-minute rollbacks of crucial policies needed to meet the state’s climate goals.