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“EPA is sentencing entire segments of the population to a poisoned death,” said Caroline Armijo (left) of N.C. Read her story, and those of Nicole Horseherder of Ariz., and Tom Sedor of Penn., in the special report, <a href="//earthjustice.org/lives"><em>Erasing Lives</em></a>.
(From left: Justin Cook for Earthjustice. Darcy Padilla. Chris Knight.)
feature May 13, 2021

Special Report: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Three Americans living near power plants share how they will be harmed by the gutting of the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards.

feature November 3, 2012

Coal Ash: Reports & Publications

Read reports and analysis from Earthjustice and our partners, which document the growing public health threat from coal ash, the hazardous waste that remains after coal is burned.

Press Release July 23, 2008

Mercury Pollution from Cement Kilns Double Previous Estimates

Earthjustice report reveals mercury pollution nearly twice what EPA previously thought

Press Release October 25, 2007

New York Cement Kilns Must Reduce Mercury Pollution

Three NY cement kilns account for nearly one third of all mercury pollution in the state — groups urge the governor to limit mercury pollution

Press Release February 17, 2004

EPA Failing to Protect Americans from Chlorine Plant Mercury Emissions

Groups sue over Clean Air Act violations

Press Release December 11, 2006

EPA Fails to Limit Toxic Mercury Pollution from Cement Kilns

Agency ignores federal courts, Congress, and over 20,000 public comments in do-nothing rule

Press Release March 6, 2008

Mercury Pollution from New York Cement Kilns Endangering Public Health

NYSDEC must include mercury limits in operating permits for Lafarge and other cement kilns

Press Release July 14, 2005

EPA's Cap-and-Trade Plan for Mercury Fails to Protect Public Health

Conservation groups file lawsuit in federal court over Clean Air Act violations

Press Release May 18, 2005

Earthjustice Leads Challenge to Weak EPA Approach to Limit Power Plant Mercury Emissions

Clean air, public health advocates: EPA Mercury Rule leaves public health at risk, violates law

An oil refinery looms over the west side of Port Arthur, TX.
(Eric Kayne for Earthjustice)
feature April 27, 2018

A Disaster In The Making

A new report documents how people have been left in harm’s way, as the Trump administration attempts to block the Chemical Disaster Rule.

Press Release: Victory April 21, 2009

Federal Government Cracks Down on Mercury Pollution From Cement Kilns

Air pollution rules from new administration will cut mercury pollution by between 81 and 93 percent

Press Release: Victory January 16, 2009

Under Pressure From States and Environmental Groups, EPA Agrees to Address Mercury from Cement Kilns

Agency signs on to court settlement, ends a decade of delay

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 January 31, 2022

Danger in the Air

Earthjustice is defending the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards — a rule that saves up to 11,000 people from early deaths each year.

Press Release March 6, 2008

EPA Finally Sets Plans for Mercury Limits on Cement Kilns

Years of delay means thousands of pounds of mercury pollution have gone unchecked

Document April 28, 2006

Harvard Report: Controlling Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Comprehensive study to estimate the health benefits of reducing mercury emissions from coal fired power plants in the United States.

Press Release January 16, 2007

Environmentalists File Opening Briefs in Challenge to Weak Mercury Reduction Plan

EPA proposal delays pollution reductions, may create mercury “hot spots”

Press Release May 17, 2005

Conservation Groups Challenge Weak EPA Mercury Rule for Power Plants

Lawsuits filed challenging EPA approach at curbing power plant toxic air emissions

Press Release June 16, 2009

EPA Air Pollution Hearing Draws Advocates From Around CA

Affected communities cheer federal proposal to slash pollution from cement kilns