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In the News: Grist March 22, 2023

The Ground Beneath Their Feet

Eve Gartner, Managing Attorney, Toxic Exposure and Health Program, Earthjustice: “Communities around the country are suffering lead exposure from soil because EPA has dropped the ball for decades.”

Press Release February 2, 2023

Earthjustice Statement: New York Gov. Hochul Releases 2024 State Executive Budget Proposal

Governor’s budget offers starting points on critical Issues, but final budget must go bolder

Press Release January 27, 2023

Earthjustice Applauds Formation of White House and EPA Lead Service Line Replacement Partnership

As many as 22 million people drink water from lead

Press Release January 24, 2023

Niños en E.E.U.U. Usan y Juegan con Productos de Maquillaje Potencialmente Tóxicos, Revela Estudio de la Universidad de Columbia y Earthjustice

Menores de 12 años o más jóvenes pueden estar expuestos al plomo, el asbesto y otras sustancias químicas tóxicas a través del maquillaje y productos para uso personal

Press Release January 10, 2023

Earthjustice Statement: 2023 New York State of the State

Governor Hochul renews pledge for all-electric new construction, transition into zero-emissions future, highlighted investment in water infrastructure, and protections for impacted communities

Press Release December 9, 2022

EPA to Reconsider Stronger Rules for Lead in Drinking Water

Agency asks court to allow revisions and new rulemaking for the Lead and Copper Rule

Document December 9, 2022

Opening Brief – LCR Challenge, UPAL et al

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a court motion for remand to revisit and reassess the revisions it made to the Lead and Copper Rule during the Trump Administration. The Lead and Copper rule, or LCR, regulates the control and monitoring of lead in drinking water. The EPA is asking for the remand in response to a challenge brought by Earthjustice a on behalf of civil rights and environmental groups, for not protecting children’s health and the safety of the drinking water that millions of people living in the United States rely on. There were additional challenges filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and 9 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia.

Document December 9, 2022

State AGs LCR Challenge

Challenge to the Lead and Copper Rule submitted by Attorneys General from 9 states and the District of Columbia

Document December 9, 2022

EPA's Lead and Copper Rule lawsuit remand

Court motion filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) saying it will reassess revisions it made to the Lead and Copper Rule during the Trump administration, promising key improvements to the rule.

Press Release: Victory October 7, 2022

EPA proposes “endangerment finding” of leaded aviation gasoline

Proposal marks first official step to regulating leaded aviation fuel, the top cause of lead in the air in the country 

Document September 13, 2022

Guam EPA: Letter Advocating for Immediate Denial of Andersen Air Force Base Permit to Open Burn and Open Detonate Hazardous Wastes on Tarague Beach

Prutehi Litekyan/Save Ritidian calls on the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to immediately deny the Andersen Air Force Base permit to open burn and open detonate hazardous waste munitions on Tarague Beach.

Press Release August 11, 2022

Advocacy Groups Unveil “A Roadmap to Eliminating Lead Poisoning in New York City”

The 2022 Lead Agenda details multi-agency, legislative, budgetary, and replacement action necessary to eliminate childhood toxic lead exposure

Document August 9, 2022

Combined LCR Petition (August 2022)

Three separate legal documents:
1. Initial Opening Brief of Petitioners Newburgh Clean Water Project, NAACP, Sierra Club, United Parents Against Lead, and Natural Resources Defense Council, represented by Earthjustice.
2. Standing Addendum of Petitioners Newburgh Clean Water Project, NAACP, Sierra Club, United Parents Against Lead, and Natural Resources Defense Council, represented by Earthjustice.
3. Initial Opening Brief of State Petitioners

Sharonda C. Williams-Tack is the Associate Director of the Sierra Club’s Healthy Communities Campaign.
(Melissa Lyttle for Earthjustice)
Article August 5, 2022

‘For Some, Energy Efficiency Is the Difference Between Keeping the Utilities on or Having Them Shut off’

Sharonda Williams-Tack leads a campaign that seeks to help struggling households reduce their utility bills through energy efficiency retrofits.

Press Release July 29, 2022

Earthjustice praises Congressional oversight of lead in aviation fuel

Most lead air pollution in the country comes from piston-engine aircrafts

Press Release July 11, 2022

Lead in Federally-Assisted Housing Endangers Vulnerable Families across the Country

Congress must act now to allow HUD to protect families receiving housing assistance

Press Release April 9, 2022

Earthjustice Statement: New York Gov. Hochul and Legislative Leadership Releases Final SFY2022-23 Budget

Final Budget Makes Moderate Climate Progress, but Bolder Action Critical in Remaining Legislative Session

Document March 18, 2022

Comments to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in the US (March 2022)

Comments submitted on the Public Comment Draft of the EPA Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities (“Draft Lead Strategy”), prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), to urge this Administration to take the bold and aggressive actions that are desperately needed so people are no longer harmed by lead.