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Document October 16, 2023

Title VI Letter to DOJ and EPA (Oct 2023)

Earthjustice, along with a diverse coalition of community and advocacy groups, write to express deep dismay over the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abrupt termination of three complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) by Louisiana residents, as well as EPA’s subsequent wholly inadequate settlement of a Title VI complaint filed by residents of Flint, Michigan.

Document August 10, 2023

Attachments for Letter to HUD & EPA

Includes nearby sources to Ajax Facility, Flint Facilities Inspection Summary, and EGLE response to AJAX Asphalt Title VI Complaint.

Document August 10, 2023

Joint Letter Follow-up to HUD & EPA

Summarizing Feb. 28 tour and site visit, resident interviews, and why HUD and the EPA must act.

Document August 10, 2023

Letter from EGLE to Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint

Thanking Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint for meeting and assuring EGLE’s commitment to address environmental justice concerns.

Document August 10, 2023

Final Letter to EGLE

From Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint, Flint Rising, and St. Francis Prayer Center, urging EGLE to pledge to critical changes, requesting written agreement that provides meaningful commitments and accountability to ensure that EGLE will better protect Black communities and other communities of color.

A sign protesting the asphalt plant is seen outside of St. Francis Prayer Center on May 10, 2022 in Flint, Michigan. (Sylvia Jarrus for Earthjustice)
Press Release August 10, 2023

EGLE, EPA Retreat from Civil Rights Agreement with Flint Groups

Advocates call on Michigan to overhaul its discriminatory air permitting program

Document August 9, 2023

Letter, re: Final Informal Resolution Agreement, EPA & EGLE: Flint, MI

Letter from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, Office of External Civil Rights Compliance to Earthjustice and Great Lakes Environmental Law Center notifying that EPA has resolved complaint based on the Informal Resolution Agreement entered between EPA and EGLE.

Document August 8, 2023

Informal Resolution Agreement, EPA & EGLE: Flint, MI

EGLE agrees to engage in the voluntary Informal Resolution Agreement process to resolve complaint alleging discrimination by EGLE in violation of Title VI of Civil Rights Act when it approved a permit to install for the Ajax Asphalt Plant without providing meaningful public participation.

Press Release July 28, 2023

EPA Declines to Investigate Civil Rights Environmental Discrimination Claims in Louisiana

Communities polluted by industry are seeking justice and relief from ongoing state permitting decisions that allow increased pollution in areas where air quality already fails to meet legal and public health-based standards

Document July 28, 2023

Rejection of Complaint – LDEQ Significant Impact Levels violation of Title VI

The Environmental Protection Agency declines to investigate civil rights environmental discrimination claims involving the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the use of Signification Impact Levels (SILs) as exemplified in LDEQ’s extension of Formosa Plastic’s major source air permits’ deadlines to commence construction and the granting of the Commonwealth LNG major source air permits.

The Denka Performance Elastomer manufacturing plant in Reserve, Louisiana, photographed on March 18, 2022. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
Press Release June 27, 2023

EPA Closes Civil Rights Investigation in Louisiana, Abandons Effort to Address Longstanding Environmental Discrimination

The agency’s decision closes an investigation that could have brought justice to Black residents in St. John the Baptist Parish

A sign protesting the asphalt plant is seen outside of St. Francis Prayer Center on May 10, 2022 in Flint, Michigan. (Sylvia Jarrus for Earthjustice)
Press Release June 21, 2023

Flint Groups Respond to Court Decision on Ajax Asphalt Plant

The court upheld Michigan’s permit despite environmental justice concerns

A chemical fire burns at a facility during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, LA.
(David J. Phillip)
Press Release May 30, 2023

Gulf Groups File Petition To Correct Louisiana and Texas’ Violation Of Air Pollution Permitting Standards

States are unlawfully allowing more air pollution in already overburdened communities, violating federal public health standards and creating “sacrifice zones”

Document May 30, 2023

Petition to EPA on SILs Guidance

Petition to EPA under Clean Air Act regarding Significant Impact Levels (SILs) guidance on National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Press Release May 5, 2023

DOJ Reaches First-Ever Settlement in Environmental Justice Probe in Alabama

Lowndes County to Cease Discriminatory Activity Targeting Black Residents and Assess Septic System Needs

The Ajax asphalt plant is seen mid-construction on May 10, 2022 in Flint, Mich. (Sylvia Jarrus for Earthjustice)
Press Release April 17, 2023

Flint Groups React to Opening of Toxic Ajax Asphalt Plant

Despite two federal civil rights investigations and a lawsuit, Michigan allowed operations to start

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.

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.