Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation, Washington, D.C.: "The 'Once In, Always In,' policy is part of a regulatory program under the Clean Air Act, and that program deals with the control of hazardous air pollutants. Not the things that we often think about like smog, the stuff that you see hanging over a city, but rather these are highly toxic air pollutants, things that cause cancer and birth defects and neurological problems."
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Seth Johnson, Attorney, Earthjustice: “It can be easy and misleading to look at these delays as bureaucratic fighting. But these matter, because these are protections that, in many cases, are years overdue, and they’re protections for human beings.”
Adrian Martinez, Attorney, Earthjustice: "Instead of coming up with a cohesive and thoughtful plan... the board is asking communities to take a leap of faith and just blindly trust that the agency will somehow transform this project at some point in the future."
By The Times Editorial Board