Skip to main content


February 2, 2018 | Legal Document

Final Reply Brief Chemical Disaster Rule Delay

Final reply brief on behalf of a coalition of workers, scientists and community members near oil refineries and chemical facilities, to challenge the illegal delay of the Chemical Disaster Rule protections.

September 7, 2017 | In the News: International Business Times

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

Emma Cheuse, Attorney, Earthjustice: “After the comment period closed for the rule, the EPA created some specific exemptions that still allow unlimited releases of toxic pollution during certain time periods. Those exemptions are really relevant to what we're seeing now. It's likely that refineries will rely on calling this a force majeure incident to avoid sanction. Communities need more protection than just having refineries say this is a force majeure event and having the EPA rubber stamp that.”

September 1, 2017 | Case

Defending Community Safety Protections From Chemical Disasters

Bowing to pressure from the oil and chemical industries, and states aligned with those industries, the EPA published a final rule putting commonsense protections against chemical disasters on hold for an unprecedented period of time—until February 2019.