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October 13, 2020 | Legal Document

MON Petition for Review, RISE St. James v US EPA

Eleven community, scientist, environmental, and environmental justice groups represented by Earthjustice sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a weak national emission rule for hundreds of chemical facilities whose pollution is linked to cancer. The Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing, or MON rule, regulates toxic emissions for about 200 chemical plants across the country. These plants emit over 7,400 tons a year of dangerous air pollutants, including at least 2,000 pounds of ethylene oxide, an aggressive carcinogen.

September 4, 2020 | In the News: Grist

New York’s Plastic Bag Ban has Survived the Pandemic

Victoria Bogdan Tejeda, Attorney, Northeast Regional Office, Earthjustice: “We see the use of plastic bags as a climate change and community health problem. [Thicker plastic bags were] not what the legislature intended…. It wanted to end the use of plastic bags, full stop.”

August 31, 2020 | In the News: Independent

Lt. General Who Led Katrina Evacuations Warns Of Pollution Risk From Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Following Hurricane Laura

Michael Brown, Attorney, Fossil Fuel Program, Earthjustice: “Since [Hurricane] Harvey, the petrochemical and oil and gas industry have had a massive build-out plan for the Gulf Coast. They’ve been adding more infrastructure, including in Lake Charles, intending that these plants will exist for 30-50 years without addressing the increasing climate risk they are going to be facing from storms like we saw this week.”

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