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September 13, 2022 | From the Experts

'A' is for Accountability

Now is the time to stop giving away coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to the fossil fuel industry

September 13, 2022 | Legal Document

Petition for Rulemaking, SSM (September 2022)

Earthjustice, along with a coalition of community advocacy and environmental groups, formally petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate loopholes in national Clean Air Act protections that allow facilities like oil refineries, chemical plants, and incinerators to disregard emission standards, stop reporting their pollution, and avoid fines or other consequences for excess pollution they emit during startup, shutdowns, and malfunctions (SSM). Courts have repeatedly told EPA that these exemptions are illegal — and EPA itself recognizes these exemptions are illegal.

September 12, 2022

Alexander Tom

Alexander Tom is an associate attorney based in San Francisco.

September 12, 2022

Claire Taigman

Claire Taigman is an associate attorney with the Fossil Fuels Program, and is based in Chicago. Her work is focused on challenging new oil, gas, and petrochemical buildout in the Ohio River Valley. Before joining Earthjustice, she clerked for the Honorable Anthony C. Epstein on the D.C. Superior Court. Claire has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Claire loves books, art, and music.

September 12, 2022

Yosef Robele

Yosef Robele is a legislative assistant with the Policy and Legislation team based in Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2022

Michelle Carlos

Michelle Carlos is a supervising litigation paralegal based in Los Angeles.