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The Latest On: Petrochemicals

May 4, 2022 | Legal Document

RISE St. James et al v US EPA (May 2022)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in court filings this week it will review loopholes in the national air toxics standards covering petroleum refineries and ethylene production sources, also known as ethane crackers. Rather than ensuring facilities prevent emissions related to foreseeable incidents like storms, loss of power, or severe weather, loopholes allow refineries and petrochemical plants to release uncontrolled cancer-causing air pollution by simply claiming a malfunction.

January 12, 2022 | Feature

Never Backing Down from the Fight

Earthjustice is committed to going up against the most daunting adversaries to demand stronger regulations and environmental justice. A highlight of what Earthjustice is doing to meet three threats facing this planet: the oil and gas boom in Gulf of Mexico, the toxicity of PFAS, and the plight of wolves in North America.

October 8, 2021 | Legal Document

Petitioner's Supplemental Brief Formosa Air Permits

Petitioner's supplemental brief in support of their petition for judicial review. Addresses LDEQ Supplement to its Basis for Decision, approving air permits allowing Formosa Plastics to build a 14-plant, petrochemical complex near the community of Welcome, Louisiana.

June 22, 2021 | In the News: The Hill

EPA to review part of cancer-linked chemical regulation after industry request

Emma Cheuse, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice: “The science shows that communities are facing unacceptable threats of cancer and other diseases from these chemical plants’ pollution. The critical question for EPA to answer in the process is what will it do to finally and truly help communities still facing this injustice?”

June 16, 2021 | Case

Defending the Ohio River Valley from the Risks of Solution Mining Wells

A coalition of clean water advocates, represented by Earthjustice, successfully sued the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for issuing permits to build three solution mining wells without public notice or comment or preparing a draft permit, in violation with their own regulations for solution mining projects.