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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.

Attorney John Petoskey and activist Theresa Landrum on a tour of hazardous industrial sites in the Detroit Metro area encompassing Southwest Detroit, Delray, and River Rouge, for Earthjustice staff.
Press Release: Victory May 21, 2024

Federal Judge Names DTE a Defendant in SW Detroit Pollution Case

Residents impacted by EES Coke’s illegal emissions celebrate the ruling

document May 21, 2024

EES Coke Ruling to Add DTE as Defendant

A judge has granted the EPA’s request to add multibillion-dollar energy company DTE Energy as a defendant in a federal lawsuit brought against the company’s subsidiary, EES Coke.

Press Release: Victory May 9, 2024

New EPA Rule Will Cut Highly Toxic Lead Pollution from Copper Smelters

The overdue standards will reduce lead and arsenic emissions released by copper smelters

View of Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. (Nick Pedersen / Getty Images)
Press Release May 6, 2024

Three-Dozen Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Support of Great Salt Lake Lawsuit

Professors argue public trust doctrine requires the state to intervene on excessive water use

The Keystone Generating Station in Pennsylvania. (Jon Dawson / CC BY-ND 2.0)
Press Release: Victory May 3, 2024

Federal Court of Appeals Upholds EPA’s Plan for Cleaner Air in Pennsylvania

Court rules against Pennsylvania coal plant operators

document May 3, 2024

Great Salt Lake: Amicus Brief from 36 Law Professors

The state of Utah has violated its fundamental legal duty to protect the Great Salt Lake against impairment due to dwindling water inflows, 36 law professors told a state court. The professors asked the court to consider an amicus – or “friend of the court” – brief in support of conservation groups’ lawsuit against the state of Utah for its failure to ensure that enough water reaches the Great Salt Lake.

In the News: Los Angeles Times April 30, 2024

This SoCal hazardous waste facility could get a new permit despite past violations

Byron Chan, Attorney, Community Partnerships Program: “You’ll see a pattern of violating the law, paying a penalty, and then violating the law again.”

Andrea Vidaurre of the People's Collective for Environmental Justice speaks at a rally before a California Air Resources Board public hearing to consider proposed clean trucks regulation in 2022 in Sacramento Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 29, 2024

Fighting to Breathe: Andrea Vidaurre is Taking on the Freight Industry’s Pollution from California to Washington, D.C.

“People should care about what’s going on here because all of us benefit from the goods movement system — no matter where you live.”

document April 26, 2024

Great Salt Lake: Combined Opposition – Response to Motions to Dismiss

Conservation groups file a 135-page response to the numerous motions to dismiss in the Great Salt Lake lawsuit.

Press Release: Victory April 25, 2024

Earthjustice aplaude a la EPA por históricas salvaguardias contra la contaminación de plantas energéticas

Los estándares abordarán las principales fuentes de contaminación climática y protegerán la salud pública

The Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, reflected in a window of a home in Springdale, is among the hundreds of power plants likely covered by the Mercury & Air Toxics Standards.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature April 25, 2024

The Mercury & Air Toxics Standards

When companies burn coal in the U.S., significant amounts of mercury spew into our air. Now, that mercury is controlled, thanks to a federal rule that Earthjustice and our clients fought for, defended, and successfully expanded.

NW Natural was one of the fossil fuel companies protested against during a Portland Youth Climate Strike march in Portland, Oregon on May 20, 2022. (Nick Cunningham / DeSmog.com)
Press Release April 19, 2024

Climate and Justice Groups Urge Oregon Regulators to Reject Utility Rate Hike That Would Harm Customers and Thwart Climate Goals

NW Natural seeks to increase profits and expand its gas system at ratepayers’ expense

John Beard, Robert Taylor, Sharon Lavigne and Harry Joseph, left to right, speak to fellow activists from "Cancer Alley" to call on President Biden to declare a state of emergency in St. James Parrish, La., during a protest outside the White House on Oct. 25, 2022. The procession of activists carried photographs of fellow community members who died because of the toxic impact of fossil fuels. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for Fossil Free Media)
Press Release April 17, 2024

States Ask EPA to Eviscerate Environmental Civil Rights Protections

Republican attorneys general from 23 states petitioned the agency to weaken Title VI