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Press Release: Victory May 8, 2023

Groups Urge Governor to Sign Colorado Ozone Bill, Call for Strong Action From Interim Committee

Protecting Communities From Air Pollution Act seen as a starting point for much-needed reform

Press Release April 20, 2023

Groups Voice Support for Amended Ozone Bill, Reiterate Need for Permitting Reform

Amended bill would define cumulative impacts and strengthen air quality enforcement process

Document March 23, 2023

Supplement to FL Rising Civil Rights Complaint

Florida Rising respectfully submits this supplement to its civil rights complaint to provide additional relevant factual and legal background, clarify the scope of the complaint, and update
ECRCO on relevant developments since the filing of the complaint.

Press Release March 15, 2023

New Rule Will Require Upwind Industry and Power Plants to Reduce Smog Polluting Downwind States

The Good Neighbor Rule will require 23 states to clean up their smog-forming emissions

Smog covers the city of Los Angeles.
(Photo courtesy of Ben Amstutz)
From the Experts March 6, 2023

Addressing Racial Disparities with Title VI

Communities of color in California’s South Coast Air Basin are tired of holding their breath.

Press Release March 3, 2023

Federal Court Upheld EPA Cross-State Ozone Rule

The rule requires states to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy smog levels in downwind states

Press Release December 16, 2022

Air Quality Control Commission Adopts State’s Inadequate Ozone Proposal

Community advocates demand meaningful action to address ozone pollution

Press Release September 20, 2022

Communities get EPA to rein in cities’ smog pollution

EPA must do more as it reconsiders smog standards

Press Release September 13, 2022

Dangerous Loopholes Allow Facilities to Release Toxic, Unchecked Air Pollutants

Groups petition EPA to close Clean Air Act loopholes for startup, shutdown, malfunction events

In the News: Westword July 27, 2022

New Draft Plan for Metro Denver Ozone Reduction Already Catching Heat

Alexandra Schluntz, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “That first draft needs to be as strong as possible so that we can have a really robust public rulemaking process and get the public engaged, improve the SIP and, finally, get a strong final SIP approved by the Air Quality Control Commission.”

Press Release June 22, 2022

Tens of Thousands Urge EPA for Bold Cross-State Smog Rule

Asthma and lung disease are at stake

Document June 21, 2022

Joint Ozone Comments (June 2022)

Over 80,000 people from all around the country submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to issue a strong “Good Neighbor Rule” to reduce cross-state ozone pollution, or smog. Now EPA will consider the public comments it has received and issue a final version of the Good Neighbor Rule, likely in late 2022 or early 2023.

Document June 7, 2022

ANHE v EPA Complaint (June 2022)

Health and environmental advocates represented by Earthjustice, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s failure to increase air pollution protections in over 30 cities that have dangerous levels of ozone smog. Communities at issue include major metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Washington, D.C.

Press Release June 7, 2022

Groups sue EPA for stronger ozone protections 

Over 30 metropolitan areas have dangerous levels of ozone smog

Press Release March 11, 2022

New EPA Proposal Would Reduce Asthma, Lung Disease Across the United States

“Good Neighbor” plan aims to reduce cross-state ozone pollution

In the News: Los Angeles Times December 13, 2021

That brown, hazy air is bad for your kids

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Office, Earthjustice: “For the past three years, we’ve seen relatively clean air data, aside from wildfires. What’s uncomfortable about this season’s pollution is that we can’t point to any one source.”

In the News: Los Angeles Times November 11, 2021

Hazy skies, poor air quality: Is port congestion worsening L.A. pollution?

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Office, Earthjustice: “Whenever we see this spike in fine particulate pollution, people point to the weather. What some of that explanation misses is that impact of some of the urban areas where people live, and glosses over the specific solutions that could be pursued to curb emissions.”

In the News: Fresno Bee November 10, 2021

EPA must deal with air ‘crisis’ in San Joaquin Valley, lawsuit says. It’s not the first

Greg Muren, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: “The Clean Air Act requires EPA to step in and develop a plan of its own that will actually work. EPA should follow through on its stated commitment to environmental justice and give residents the bare minimum that they deserve: air that is safe to breathe.”