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Press Release June 13, 2024

Community Groups Challenge Permit for Washington’s First Industrial Wood Pellet Fuel Plant

The permit vastly underestimates harmful air pollution from the plant that would cause health impacts to residents in nearby communities

document June 13, 2024

Notice of Appeal: Wood Pellet Manufacturing Facility

This is an appeal of the Final Determination and Order of Approval for Notice of Construction Application 23NOC1606, issued by the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency on May 14, 2024, permitting Pacific Northwest Renewable Energy to construct and operate an industrial-scale, export-focused wood pellet manufacturing facility at 411 Moon Island Road in Hoquiam, Washington.

The Denka Performance Elastomer manufacturing plant in Reserve, Louisiana, on March 18, 2022. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 13, 2024

Environmental Advocates Join Court Case in Defense of EPA Action to Reduce Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

Denka, a synthetic rubber maker whose pollution has wreaked havoc on nearby communities’ health, is trying to block an EPA rule setting pollution limits

A person crosses a street in Downtown Houston in the afternoon heat in May 2024. (Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)
Article June 11, 2024

This Could Be the Hottest Summer Ever. Here’s What We’re Doing About It.

Burning fossil fuels is making summer more prone to extreme weather events. Here’s how we’re tackling the climate crisis.

Construction on a last-mile warehouse in Syosset, New York. Concentrations of last-mile warehouses have an outsized impact on air quality and noise pollution due to higher numbers of truck trips, 24/7 operating times, and other factors. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
Press Release June 6, 2024

In Final Days of Legislative Session, New York Senate Heeds Call for Cleaner Air and Corporate Accountability by Passing the Clean Deliveries Act

With Congestion Pricing indefinitely stalled by Governor Hochul in New York City, the need for traffic reduction and pollution abatement statewide has never been greater

In the News: Westword June 6, 2024

Environmental Groups File Notice to Sue Suncor Oil Refinery

Ian Coghill, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “The reason that we felt compelled to go in this direction is Suncor’s chronic history of exceeding the limits in its air permit.”

In the News: Los Angeles Times June 5, 2024

‘Who’s going to live here?’ What happens when an e-commerce warehouse takes out your neighborhood

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, Right to Zero: “There are people who don’t want these warehouses in their communities, and they just want to be left with peace.”

In the News: ABC Denver7 June 5, 2024

Suncor faces lawsuit by environmental groups over repeated air pollution violations

Ian Coghill, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “The Clean Air Act allows the most affected people to step in when the government either can’t or won’t enforce the laws sufficiently.”

In the News: Colorado Sun June 5, 2024

Nearly 10,000 Suncor air pollution violations in 5 years could lead to citizen lawsuit, groups warn

Ian Coghill, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “Whatever the state is doing has not stopped Suncor from continuing its same history of these chronic exceedances. What enforcement is supposed to be about is bringing sources into compliance and deterring future violations, and what the state has done thus far clearly hasn’t been sufficient.”

Press Release June 5, 2024

Tras Repetidas Violaciones de Suncor a la Ley de Aire Limpio, Grupos Presentan Aviso de Intención de Demanda

Suncor ha informado más de mil excedencias o violaciones de emisiones desde 2019

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 5, 2024

Groups Submit Notice of Intent to Sue Suncor Over Repeated Clean Air Act Violations

Suncor has reported over 1,000 emissions exceedances or violations since 2019

document June 5, 2024

Suncor: Notice of Intent

Environmental justice and conservation groups submitted a 60-day notice of intent to sue Suncor Energy for repeated violations of the Clean Air Act at the company’s Commerce City, CO, refinery.

In the News: Philadelphia Inquirer May 29, 2024

Philadelphia’s Black communities would suffer most from weakened air pollution rules

An opinion piece by Marvin C. Brown IV, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice

An electric school bus on display during an event at the Electrical Training Institute in Commerce, California. (Hannah Benet for Earthjustice)
Press Release May 29, 2024

Earthjustice Praises Newest EPA Clean School Bus Funding

“EPA’s Clean School Bus Program is continuing to transform school transportation options across the country.”

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

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.”

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.”

document May 22, 2024

NYC Last Mile Letter: Special Permit Processes

Empowers NYC Dept. of City Planning to enact an indirect source rule to regulate emissions associated with warehouse operations and would be coordinated with any necessary environmental review. The Dept. of City Planning will propose and advance a zoning change application that would regulate last-mile facilities via CPC special permit processes, begin stakeholder engagement in 2024, and issue a 30-day scoping notice by end of March 2025.