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February 25, 2022 | Legal Document

HON Consent Decree

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to update pollution rules for some of the most hazardous chemical manufacturers, including facilities that emit the potent carcinogen ethylene oxide. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by seven community and advocacy groups in December of 2020. A federal court in D.C. this week entered a consent decree that binds EPA to begin this new rulemaking in 2022 and issue a new final rule no later than spring 2024.

February 11, 2022 | Legal Document

Ajax Claim of Appeal

On behalf of its members, directors, and staff, Flint Rising, the Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint, Michigan United, C.A.U.T.I.O.N., and the St. Francis Prayer Center claims an appeal of the decision of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), on November 15, 2021, to issue Air Permit to Install No. 90-21 (Permit) to Ajax Materials Corporation. The Permit is attached as Exhibit 1 to this Claim of Appeal.

February 10, 2022 | In the News: Spectrum News

Proposed California legislation would discourage Long Beach incinerator-use for trash disposal

Byron Chan, Attorney, Community Partnerships Program, Earthjustice: “Because of that incentive, you have this idea that burning waste is just as beneficial as recycling and reuse and composting. The consequence is that significant amounts of waste from all over the state are going to incinerators in communities that are bearing the brunt of this loophole.”

February 2, 2022 | Legal Document

RMP Chemical Disaster Rule Comments (Summer 2021)

The tragic cycle of chemical fires, explosions, and hazardous chemical releases at U.S. industrial facilities must finally end. No massive chemical catastrophe should ever occur. This is what EPA should ensure by issuing a strong new chemical disaster prevention rule. Fenceline communities, environmental and environmental justice groups, and scientists submit these comments to call for EPA to follow the science and new information and apply lessons learned in recent years on how to prevent chemical disasters and save lives.

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