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September 20, 2022 | Legal Document

NOI Ethylene Oxide Emmissions (Sept 2022)

Earthjustice, on behalf of environmental and health advocacy groups, sent a 60-day Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s inaction to regulate harmful carcinogenic air emissions from ethylene oxide facilities as the law required. The Clean Air Act directs the EPA to review its ethylene oxide standards every eight years but the agency has repeatedly missed this deadline; first in 2014 and again in April 2022. The EPA admits the chemical is 60 times more toxic than previously estimated and that facilities that emit ethylene oxide, including commercial sterilizers and chemical manufacturers, pose an elevated cancer risk to nearby communities. Children are particularly sensitive to ethylene oxide when exposed.

August 25, 2022 | Legal Document

EPA Coal Ash Complaint

This case challenges the U.S. EPA to review and revise regulations that are inadequate to protect human health and the environment from the unsafe disposal of coal combustion residuals.

August 4, 2022 | Legal Document

EPA: Petition to Update Emission Standards for Large Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Ironbound Community Corporation, and Sierra Club petition this Court for a writ of mandamus requiring the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Michael S. Regan, in his official capacity as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to promulgate a rule updating its emission standards for large municipal solid waste incinerators.