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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.

Lori Phillips grew up in Franklinville, New York where her family lived on a farm, growing corn and raising livestock. During the summer, the windows of her house would be open while her father sprayed a herbicide on the crops. Years later, Lori developed Parkinson’s disease. (Tina Russell for Earthjustice)
Article February 27, 2024

This Weed Killer Is Linked to Parkinson’s. Why Isn’t It Banned Yet?

Paraquat damages farmworkers’ respiratory system, their kidneys, and their eyes. Help us urge the EPA to ban it.

A haze of smog covers the Port of Houston. (James Dillard)
case February 28, 2024

The EPA’s Good Neighbor Plan: Defending Public Health in the Supreme Court

The future of the Good Neighbor Plan hangs in the balance, with implications for public health and economic prosperity nationwide.

Document February 27, 2024

Tribal Nations’ Letter to Biden Admin re Line 5 and Tribal Sovereignty

A letter from more than 30 Tribal Nations in the Great Lakes region sent to President Joe Biden urging the United States to speak out against the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline’s trespass on the Bad River Band’s land.

An industrial hog facility in North Carolina. Hog feces and urine are flushed into open, unlined pits and then sprayed onto nearby fields. The practice leads to waste contaminating nearby waters, and drifting as "mist" onto neighboring properties.
(Photo courtesy of Friends of Family Farmers)
Press Release February 15, 2024

Coalition of Groups Submits Comments Urging EPA to Require Industrial Animal Feeding Operations to Report their Dangerous Air Pollution

Requiring animal feeding operations to report their toxic emissions of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide will help community members better protect their health

People wait in a long line to enter a grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 16, 2021, to stock up on supplies after Winter Storm Uri and ahead of another expected storm. Huge winter storms crippled electric grids and left millions of Americans without power amid dangerously cold temperatures. (Tamir Kalifa / The New York Times)
Press Release February 26, 2024

Southwest Power Pool Again Proposes Discriminatory Renewable Energy Accreditation

SPP’s proposal fails to assess the vulnerabilities of aging coal and gas plants and continues to discriminate against cleaner resources

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.

Ozone is a type of pollution formed from the exhaust of power plants, factories, cars and trucks. (Tatiana Grozetskaya / Shutterstock)
Press Release February 21, 2024

SCOTUS Hears Extraordinary Request to Block EPA’s New Smog Plan

The future of the Good Neighbor Plan is uncertain, with implications for public health and economic prosperity

Press Release February 21, 2024

Corte Suprema Escucha Solicitud Extraordinaria Para Bloquear Nuevo Plan de Smog de la EPA

El futuro del Plan del Buen Vecino es incierto, con implicaciones para la salud pública y la prosperidad económica

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?

(Rob Marmion / Shutterstock)
Press Release January 31, 2024

EPA Ignores the Science Linking Widely Used Herbicide to Parkinson’s Disease

At least 58 countries have banned paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide, because of its severe health harms

In the News: CNN February 21, 2024

Supreme Court signals skepticism over Biden ‘good neighbor’ smog plan

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “Polluting industries always challenge pollution regulations because it costs them money to protect our health. We’re hoping that a few members of the court’s right-wing supermajority will remember that they shouldn’t be second-guessing sound judgments about what’s best for our kids’ lungs.”

Changemakers call for the EPA to hold utilities accountable for their coal ash pollution, on the day of an in-person public hearing held by the agency in Chicago on Jun. 28, 2023. (Jamie Kelter Davis for Earthjustice)
feature December 22, 2023

‘Do Your Job, EPA’: Stories From the Frontlines of Coal Ash

By law, before government regulations are adopted or changed, agencies must ask the public — you — to weigh in.

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 January 17, 2024

Health Experts Demand EPA Reduce Ozone Pollution in Detroit

Earthjustice files amicus brief on behalf of two Michigan groups

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (iStock)
Press Release: Victory February 14, 2024

Mining Proposal Rejected for Maine’s Katahdin Region

Decision comes after overwhelming opposition from Wabanaki Tribes, local businesses, and conservation groups

Leaded gas used in small airplanes is commonly referred to as “avgas.” It is the single largest source of lead emissions in the country. (Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock)
Press Release February 5, 2024

Earthjustice Applauds Congressional Letter Urging EPA and FAA Action on Leaded Aviation Gas

Leaded aviation gas is the largest source of airborne lead emissions in the nation and causes numerous health impacts

In the News: USA Today February 20, 2024

Good neighbor? Polluting states want Supreme Court to pause Biden’s plan to reduce smog

Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs: “The Supreme Court’s taken a particular and distressing interest in environmental laws. It’s sort of saying, `Look, these things are guilty until proven innocent.’ And that’s a new way for courts to be treating environmental regulations.”

Document February 14, 2024

Letter in Opposition to the Air Quality Standards Implementation Act of 2024

A coalition of 32 groups sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to reject the Air Quality Standards Implementation Act of 2024. The bill would weaken the Clean Air Act, severely limit the use of science-based decision-making, and prioritize industry profits over the right of communities to breathe clean air.