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Forcing Regulation of Industrial Boilers

A mother watches over her child during treatment for asthma.

A mother watches over her child during treatment for asthma. Emissions from industrial boilers sicken thousands across the country.

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice

What’s at Stake

Earthjustice won a lawsuit in 2007 forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate industrial boilers. It took the agency four years to issue the new regulations, which are inadequate and are being challenged in court as of mid-2014.


Emissions from industrial boilers across the country sicken thousands, yet the federal government has been woefully lax in regulating them under immense pressure from industry.

Earthjustice waged a four-year battle in court to force compliance with the Clean Air Act, and EPA finally agreed to do its duty—but then produced dreadfully inadequate standards, so the battle goes on.

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Case Updates

March 15, 2012 | Audio

Sen. Brown Thank You

In March 2012, Sen. Sherrod Brown voted to reduce toxic emissions from industrial power plants or boilers. As a result, thousands of children will be protected from hospital visits, severe asthma attacks and even death.