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The Latest On: Ozone

July 16, 2021 | Letter

New York: Comments to DEC on Draft SIP Revision for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS

The Draft SIP represents an important opportunity for DEC to take meaningful steps toward attainment of the 2008 ozone NAAQS. We commend DEC for recently adopting regulations to reduce NOx emissions from important point sources like peaker plants and solid waste incinerators, but significant work remains to reduce NOx emissions from the transportation sector.

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 | Case

Obtaining Stronger Smog Standards to Save Lives

In 2013, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit demanding that the EPA finally take action on overdue standards for ozone—also known as smog—an air pollutant linked to tens of thousands of premature deaths, emergency room visits and asthma attacks each year.

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.

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