Patrice Simms, Vice President for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “The simple truth is that this is not the time to be cutting public health regulations — during a public health crisis.”
Environmental advocacy group Earthjustice had asked for the extension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Abigail Dillen, President, Earthjustice: Right now, in a time when we’re arguing over basically what the facts are in the news, the courts are this remaining venue where you can have really fact-based fights about what the future should look like.”
“It is imperative that we act now to protect the health of those sheltering in place near the I-70 Central Project until the threat of COVID-19 is behind us.”
In public comments, the environmental law group Earthjustice noted that the Scrubgrass plant was already meeting the existing MATS for acid gases when the EPA published its proposal, and the Colver, Morgantown and Grant Town plants had certified that they would be compliant by April 2019.
Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This is really a moment when the agency should be taking a pause, stepping back, focusing on immediate concerns of making sure people are well protected, that people are cared for, that people are not experiencing additional exposures to pollution at a time when they are also being challenged by everything that’s going on with respect to COVID.”