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Clean and electric trucks sit on display at an event on new national clean air standards for heavy-duty trucks near the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters on December 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)
From the Experts March 23, 2023

Colorado’s Historic Opportunity To Clean Up Toxic Truck Pollution

An environmental justice coalition in Colorado is fighting for the strongest possible clean trucks package

Document March 6, 2023

South Coast Air Basin Title VI Complaint

For over a decade, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has enabled the oil industry to pollute communities of color by giving major stationary sources a free pass on compliance with section 185 of the Clean Air Act.

Press Release February 17, 2023

EPA Reaffirms Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Save Lives

Reducing mercury and air toxins emissions has saved more than 11,000 lives and a stronger standard could prevent even more deaths

Document February 17, 2023

Final court brief challenging the Ajax asphalt plant permit in Flint

Five community groups respond to Ajax in a final briefing before the Genesee County Circuit Court. The groups are appealing a decision by Michigan’s environmental agency to allow the Ajax corporation to install a toxic asphalt plant in a predominantly Black, low-income, and environmentally overburdened neighborhood.

Document February 6, 2023

Testimony of Raul Garcia: Energy and Commerce Hearing

Testimony of Raul Garcia, Legislative Director for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice, before the United States House of Representatives Joint Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee and Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.”

Document January 24, 2023

Response Brief to Ajax

Brief in Genesee County Circuit Court responds to Ajax’s arguments, which ask the court to undo the modest pollution controls included in their permit.

Press Release January 11, 2023

EPA falla con la nueva regla de contaminación por hollín

A pesar de la creciente evidencia científica, la EPA propone protecciones de salud pública insuficientes

Particulate air monitors in use in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana.
(Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Article January 6, 2023

Why Your Air Quality Matters and How You Can Fix It

A new EPA standard for PM 2.5 falls short. We need your help to push the EPA to do better.

Press Release January 6, 2023

EPA’s Soot Pollution Rule Update Falls Short, Again

Despite strong scientific consensus, EPA proposes lackluster public health protections

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 December 16, 2022

EPA Affirms Science-Based Cancer Risk Value for Ethylene Oxide

Fenceline communities are exposed to these carcinogens every day

Press Release December 14, 2022

EPA Inaction Exposes Vulnerable Communities to Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide Every Day

Groups sue to demand stronger air standards after agency repeatedly missed deadlines, despite knowing the serious health risks

Document December 14, 2022

EtO Complaint

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over EPA’s failure to take legally required action to protect the public from harmful carcinogenic air emissions from ethylene oxide sterilization facilities. The Clean Air Act directs the EPA to review its ethylene oxide standards every eight years, but the agency has repeatedly missed this deadline; first in 2014 and again in April 2022. Now we are suing on behalf of environmental and health groups to compel EPA to finally act and protect vulnerable communities across the country.

In the News: Inside Climate News December 12, 2022

A Gary, Indiana Plant Would Make Jet Fuel From Trash and Plastic. Residents Are Pushing Back

James Pew, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice: “This whole fight at the local, state, and federal levels is about getting gasification and pyrolysis incinerators rebranded as non-incinerators so they can … avoid installing pollution controls and monitoring and reporting their emissions. EPA’s regulations have defined facilities like Fulcrum as incinerators for almost 30 years.”

Press Release: Victory November 22, 2022

Locals and Environmental Group Win a Seat in EES Coke Lawsuit

Court says advocates can intervene to hold Southeast Michigan polluter directly accountable

Document November 17, 2022

Prehearing Statement on CO Ozone State Implementation Plan

GreenLatinos, Womxn from the Mountain, Healthy Air and Water Colorado, and Madhvi4EcoEthics have raised significant concerns with the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s draft Moderate/Severe Ozone State Implementation Plan (draft SIP).

Press Release November 8, 2022

Court Arguments Begin Over Toxic Asphalt Plant Near Flint

Community groups point to Michigan’s history of racial discrimination in environmental permitting

Document November 4, 2022

Court Brief Challenging EGLE's Decision to Permit Ajax Asphalt Plant

Members of the Coalition to Stop Ajax Asphalt Plant present arguments to the Genesee County Circuit Court to appeal a decision by Michigan’s environmental agency to allow the Ajax corporation to install a toxic asphalt plant in a predominantly Black, low-income, and environmentally overburdened neighborhood.