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March 18, 2020 | Legal Document

Valley Air District Rules on Refinery Emissions Complaint

California has the largest concentration of petroleum refineries in the western United States, and the third largest number of refineries in the nation after Texas and Louisiana. These refineries are scattered throughout the state, from urban areas such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to rural communities in central California’s San Joaquin Valley. Refineries in the San Joaquin Valley are concentrated in and around Bakersfield within Kern County, the largest oil-producing and most polluted county in the state. This region suffers from the worst air quality in the United States, including harmful levels of lung-searing ozone that compromises lung development in children and causes other health complications. Oil and gas operations in the region exacerbate these unhealthy air conditions. 

October 23, 2019 | Letter

New Jersey's Ironbound Community Urges AG to Investigate Pollution Violations

In an open letter delivered to New Jersey Attorney General, Ironbound Community Corporation chronicles air and potential solid waste violations such as the infamous pink smoke emissions by Incinerator operations that continue to threaten public health and the environment while violating state and federal laws.

October 23, 2019 | Letter

Letter to NJ AG: Ongoing Air Emissions Violations by Covanta Essex Company

In an open letter delivered to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, a local Newark environmental justice community organization, Ironbound Community Corporation chronicles air and potential solid waste violations such as the reported pink smoke by Covanta Essex’s Incinerator operations that continue to threaten public health and the environment while violating state and federal laws.

May 6, 2019 | In the News: Pasadena Star News

‘Glaring failings’: Can Pasadena trust state regulators to clean up toxic naval site?

Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community-Based Initiatives, Earthjustice: “Who gets to make the decisions about how clean is clean and how much risk is too much risk? Whose interest gets centered in the decision-making about how we’re going to deal with these very real issues? I think that the balance is tipped toward industry, toward developers, toward the concept of risk management.”

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