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March 1, 2022 | Letter

Glades Detention Center letter to EPA

Earthjustice along with 13 community advocacy groups who are part of the Shut Down Glades Coalition called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, FL for unsafe and unlawful living conditions. In a letter submitted to the federal agency, the coalition of groups expressed concerns over the misuse of highly concentrated industrial-grade chemical disinfectants in poorly ventilated living and eating spaces, harming the health of people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, and violating the law governing use of such products. Signatories to the letter are calling for the immediate release of those who are being harmed at Glades County Detention Center and for the EPA to investigate the illegal and unlawful use of chemicals at migrant detention centers in Glades County and across the country.

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.