The Latest On: Clean Air
Patrice Simms, Vice President for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “The simple truth is that this is not the time to be cutting public health regulations — during a public health crisis.”
“It is imperative that we act now to protect the health of those sheltering in place near the I-70 Central Project until the threat of COVID-19 is behind us.”
In public comments, the environmental law group Earthjustice noted that the Scrubgrass plant was already meeting the existing MATS for acid gases when the EPA published its proposal, and the Colver, Morgantown and Grant Town plants had certified that they would be compliant by April 2019.
Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This is really a moment when the agency should be taking a pause, stepping back, focusing on immediate concerns of making sure people are well protected, that people are cared for, that people are not experiencing additional exposures to pollution at a time when they are also being challenged by everything that’s going on with respect to COVID.”
Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: The best climate strategy is to meet clean-air standards. That would be a fundamental shift from a combustion-focused society to zero-emissions everywhere.”
Timothy Preso, Managing Attorney, Northern Rockies Office: "We are prepared to take enforcement action if polluting industries abuse these EPA and DEQ decisions to unleash harmful pollution on vulnerable communities."