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The Latest On: Ozone

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.”

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 28, 2019 | In the News: Desert Sun

Newsom Withdraws Nomination Of Former Exxon Staffer To Air Pollution Post

Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: “We aren’t lacking for industry influence on the air district board. We ask the governor to appoint a person with the public health or air quality expertise needed to finally place our lungs and public health first and foremost.”

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