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The Latest On: Toxics

June 7, 2021 | In the News: Capital & Main

Can California Avoid Another Toxic Waste Disaster?

Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community Partnerships, Earthjustice: “[Hazardous waste permits] are important because they are the foundation for compliance in monitoring, for compliance in enforcement, and for making sure facilities have up-to-to-date pollution control equipment.”

May 17, 2021 | Case

Protecting Children from Lead Hazards in Homes and Schools

Community advocacy and environmental organizations, represented by Earthjustice, successfully sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2019 for failing to establish protective lead hazard standards for older housing and child-occupied facilities like schools and daycares.

May 14, 2021 | Legal Document

9th Circuit Decision - Community Voices et al v US EPA

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environtmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its 2019 hazard standard for lead in dust from deteriorating lead paint, which would tolerate exposure to dangerous levels of lead and to update its long-outdated hazard standards for lead in soil. It also ordered EPA to update its definition of what constitutes lead-based paint. EPA’s current definition, which was set in 1992, is more than 55 times less protective than the definition used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

May 12, 2021 | In the News: The Big Easy Magazine

Formosa Plastics’ Land-Use Approval in St. James is “Already Null and Void”

Corinne Van Dalen, Attorney, Fossil Fuels Program, Earthjustice: “It’s a big deal because ethylene oxide is a potent carcinogen. It is 400 times more potent than benzene…While the rest of the country is figuring out how to deal with ethylene oxide and there aren’t that many places in the country that have these sources that emit it…Meanwhile, the state of Louisiana is allowing what would be possibly the biggest new source or biggest source in the country of ethylene oxide to be built one mile from an elementary school.”