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October 1, 2019 | Legal Document

Close-Out Rule Judgement

These consolidated cases involve a challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency regulation known as the Close-Out Rule. The rule addresses the obligation of upwind states to reduce their contribution of ozone precursors to downwind states, which must attain an ozone pollution standard by certain statutory deadlines.

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 19, 2019 | In the News: The Intercept

EPA Allowed Companies to Make 40 New PFAS Chemicals Despite Serious Risks

Eve Gartner, Attorney, Northeast Regional Office, Earthjustice: “EPA could have used its authority in a meaningful way to stem the tide of these chemicals into commerce, the environment and human bodies. And instead it has taken tiny baby steps that have really not been protective. This is a crisis that we will be dealing with for millennia.”

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.

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