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The Fight for Clean Air

The Latest On: The Fight for Clean Air

August 10, 2013 | Video

This Is How Asthma Feels

Millions of Americans suffer from asthma. However, most people don't know how brutal it is to live with the disease. Breathing is a fundamental right, yet every day air pollution affects our right to breathe clean air.

March 16, 2021 | Legal Document

Ozone SIPs Notice of Intent

A large coalition of public health, environmental justice, and conservation groups notified EPA of their intent to sue the agency to compel overdue action on state plans that are failing to control ozone pollution—a necessary step on the path to stronger protections from EPA. Earthjustice submitted the notice on behalf of Air Alliance Houston, Downwinders at Risk, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Appalachian Mountain Club, Earthworks, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Defense Fund. Clean Air Task Force, representing Clean Wisconsin, joined the notice.

February 11, 2021 | Case

Obtaining Stronger Smog Standards to Save Lives

In 2013, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit demanding that the EPA finally take action on overdue standards for ozone—also known as smog—an air pollutant linked to tens of thousands of premature deaths, emergency room visits and asthma attacks each year.

March 18, 2020 | Legal Document

Valley Air District Rules on Refinery Emissions Complaint

California has the largest concentration of petroleum refineries in the western United States, and the third largest number of refineries in the nation after Texas and Louisiana. These refineries are scattered throughout the state, from urban areas such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to rural communities in central California’s San Joaquin Valley. Refineries in the San Joaquin Valley are concentrated in and around Bakersfield within Kern County, the largest oil-producing and most polluted county in the state. This region suffers from the worst air quality in the United States, including harmful levels of lung-searing ozone that compromises lung development in children and causes other health complications. Oil and gas operations in the region exacerbate these unhealthy air conditions.