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The Latest On: Ozone

March 18, 2021 | In the News: Bloomberg Law

Interstate Rule Is One Fix in Thicket of Upwind Pollution Woes

Kathleen Riley, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice: “Communities are expecting more going forward from an administration that has promised to address environmental injustice. We are encouraging the administration to achieve greater pollution reductions under the more protective 2015 ozone standard.”

March 16, 2021 | Legal Document

Ozone SIPs Notice of Intent

A large coalition of public health, environmental justice, and conservation groups notified EPA of their intent to sue the agency to compel overdue action on state plans that are failing to control ozone pollution—a necessary step on the path to stronger protections from EPA. Earthjustice submitted the notice on behalf of Air Alliance Houston, Downwinders at Risk, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, Earthworks, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Defense Fund. Clean Air Task Force, representing Clean Wisconsin, joined the notice.

February 11, 2021 | Legal Document

American Academy of Pediatrics et al v US EPA

Fourteen health and environmental groups, half of them represented by Earthjustice, challenged ozone standards in a lawsuit in a federal appeals court. The move comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Trump administration’s last-minute refusal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, or NAAQS, for ozone, and less than a month after Earthjustice sued the EPA over a similar rule affecting particulate matter.

January 29, 2021 | In the News: The Hill

Court strikes down part of rule easing pollution standard implementation

Seth Johnson, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Office, Earthjustice: “This is an important decision for making sure that pollution reductions are real, that they’re not just things that are happening on paper, that they’re things that are going to have an impact in the real world and that’s going to benefit people who live, work and breathe in areas with unhealthy levels of ozone.”

May 1, 2020 | In the News: L.A. Times

How The Coronavirus Is Hampering Enforcement Of California’s Air Pollution Rules

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: “Polluting industries have over the last couple decades built up a significant lobbying presence at AQMD to make it really painful and hard to adopt regulations, to increase fees for the agency to do its job and to develop a real air cleanup plan. And this is when that effort really shines.”

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