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The Latest On: Clean Air

May 29, 2013 | Case

Slashing Sulfur Dioxide Pollution In Homer City

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution is extremely dangerous—just five minutes of exposure can lead to breathing problems, lung disease and heart attacks. An Earthjustice lawsuit yielded the first-ever SO2 controls for one of the worst polluters in the nation, a victory for the health of local residents and a national precedent that will influence coal plant cleanup across the country.
May 15, 2013 | Press Release

Clean Air Takes Over Capitol Hill

More than 100 physicians, tribal leaders, labor leaders, clergy, nurses, parents to meet with Congress on carbon pollution, smog, ash, other clean air priorities

May 1, 2013 | Case

Protecting The Public From Coal Mine Pollution

Coal mine pollution is dangerous and can be deadly—it’s also controllable. Earthjustice sued the EPA over its failure to protect public health and the environment from this threat.

January 25, 2013 | Case

Ensuring States Control Soot Pollution

The U.S. EPA is responsible for crafting national air quality standards, but strong national standards don’t matter much if states don’t implement them effectively. Earthjustice won a critical victory that directs EPA to ensure its soot standards are stringently put in place at the state level.

January 18, 2013 | Audio

Ecology Without Equality

Longtime environmental justice advocate Vernice Miller-Travis discusses her belief that green groups and environmental justice groups must work together in order to build a more diverse and effective environmental movement. Listen to an interview with Vernice on the podcast Down to Earth.

January 10, 2013 | Feature

What You Don't Know Can Kill You

What’s colorless and may cause cancer? The chemical industry doesn’t want you to know the answer is styrene—but Earthjustice is taking them on to reveal the truth.

January 9, 2013 | In the News: Bloomberg News

Court mandates EPA to create tighter restrictions on soot pollution

A federal court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency incorrectly enforced soot control requirements in the Clean Air Act. The decision requires the EPA to develop more specific guidelines. Communities will have five years to comply with the new requirements before being mandated to meet tougher standards.

December 20, 2012 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

New air pollution standards restrict soot particles

A new air pollution standard approved by the Obama administration is expected to save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce illness in communities affected by air pollution. The EPA estimates annual savings in healthcare and other costs to be around $4 billion to $9.1 billion. The new rules came about in response to Earthjustice litigation.