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September 30, 2019 | In the News: BNN Bloomberg

Trump Isn’t Wrong About California’s Smog. But He’s Not Helping

Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, California Office, Earthjustice: “California needs to do more, and to meet clean air standards, we’re going to have to do everything. But the federal government has a large role to play here as well, and under the current administration, EPA has not been helping air quality — they’ve actually been hurting it.”

September 27, 2019 | Legal Document

Complaint on Rollback of California Clean Car Standards

Earthjustice and the Sierra Club, along with a coalition of other environmental groups, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its attack on California, stripping the state’s authority to set more stringent greenhouse gas vehicle standards than federal standards, and rescinding California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate.

September 13, 2019 | Legal Document

Wisconsin v. EPA Ozone Transport Decision

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that U.S. EPA is illegally failing to control ozone pollution — smog — that travels across state lines and contributes to unhealthy air in downwind states. The ruling requires EPA to secure clean air by reducing the pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants and other polluting industries in upwind states — pollution reductions that will save hundreds of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks every year. The court also rejected arguments by polluting industries and red states that the pollution reductions EPA has already required are too costly.

August 23, 2019 | Legal Document

Court Ruling: Smog Standard Too Weak To Protect Forests

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the current national ambient air quality standards for ozone are too weak to protect the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have to set standards that actually protect forests, as the Clean Air Act requires.

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