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Valmont Power Station in Boulder, Colo., in 2011. (Josh Schutz / Getty Images)
Press Release February 22, 2024

With Broad Public Support, Legislators to Introduce Package of Bills to Address Colorado’s Ozone Crisis

Legislation will focus on permitting reform, air quality enforcement, additional measures to cut harmful pollution in Colorado

video February 21, 2024

To: The Biden Administration. From: Kids

Celia, Cymone, Jonathan, and many other kids from across the United States shared with the Biden administration why they need clean air. On Feb. 7, 2024, the Biden administration answered — with new protections from the deadly air pollutant soot that will prevent nearly a million asthma episodes and save thousands of lives.

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

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.”

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

The U.S. Supreme Court. (Phil Roeder / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release February 21, 2024

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Cross-State Ozone Pollution

Blocking the Good Neighbor Plan would be extraordinarily harmful

Driving an electric car in the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Because electric vehicles are more efficient in converting energy to power cars and trucks, electricity across the board is cleaner and cheaper as a fuel for vehicles, even when that electricity comes from the dirtiest grid. (Mecky / Getty Images)
Update February 21, 2024

The EPA Must Hold the Line on the Strongest Car Pollution Standards Ever

Here’s what the standards would do for health and climate.

Document February 16, 2024

Flint Groups Submit Comments to EGLE on Universal Coating

Comments submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) by Earthjustice on behalf of Flint community organizations and individuals opposing Universal Coating’s proposal to add new tumble spray lines at its facility, which will add to the cumulative pollution affecting residents of this environmental justice community.

In the News: MinnPost February 15, 2024

Minnesota tribes say EPA’s taconite mercury emission rules don’t go far enough

James Pew, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office: “That just isn’t enough. The EPA could fix this.”

Air pollution from refineries, chemical plants, and power plants contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks every year. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 15, 2024

Groups Urge Members of Congress to Reject Bill Weakening Air Standards

The Air Quality Standards Implementation Act would weaken the Clean Air Act and expose millions to more toxic air pollution.

A haze of smog covers the Port of Houston. (James Dillard)
case February 14, 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 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.

Donaldsonville Primary School is located next to the CF Industries ammonia plant in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. CF Industries is planning a $200 million carbon capture operation at the facility.  (Bryan Tarnowski for Earthjustice)
Article February 14, 2024

Carbon Capture Is Giving a Second Life to Fossil Fuels – But It Doesn’t Have To

As carbon capture booms, communities in Louisiana are worried it will prolong the use of dirty fossil fuel plants.

Kids play soccer near the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington, Calif. (Hannah Benet for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory February 12, 2024

Environmental Groups, SCAQMD Reach Settlement to Adopt Rule that Could Financially Penalize Major Polluters

Major polluters could finally be held responsible for Southern California’s dirty air

Document February 9, 2024

EPA’s Taconite Final Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues decades-overdue standards to control mercury and other toxic emissions from taconite iron ore processing plants.

In the News: Washington Post February 7, 2024

New air pollution rule could prevent thousands of premature deaths

Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities: “We heard this in the ’70s, when lobbyists said that if we required catalytic converters for cars, the whole industry was going to collapse. Well, guess what? We’re fine. This is the same tired playbook of trying to undermine progress.”

People enjoy a sunny afternoon in a Los Angeles park with a view of the downtown skyline. (Chris Delmas / AFP via Getty Images)
Update February 7, 2024

The EPA Has Tightened Standards on a Deadly Type of Air Pollution

After hearing from the public, including 32,000 Earthjustice supporters, the EPA delivered stronger air quality protections.

Press Release February 7, 2024

EPA Fortalece Normativa de Contaminación del Aire para Proteger a las Comunidades del Hollín

La norma actualizada mejorará la salud pública y la economía