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March 22, 2017 | Letter

2017 Community Letter Opposing House Attack on Ozone Standards

Over 120 health, environmental and community organizations sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to oppose the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act” (H.R. 806). If passed this legislation would systematically weaken the Clean Air Act and undermine Americans’ 46-year right to healthy air based on medical science, and delay life-saving health standards already years overdue.

January 18, 2017 | Legal Document

Murray Energy V EPA Brief Defending MATS

In Michigan v. EPA, 135 S. Ct. 2699 (2015), the Supreme Court held that EPA must consider cost when determining whether it is appropriate and necessary to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from power plants under Clean Air Act (“CAA”) section 112(n)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. § 7412(n)(1)(A). Michigan, 135 S. Ct. at 2712.

September 21, 2016 | Legal Document

Comments on MDEQ’s Sulfur Dioxide One-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard State Implementation Plan Submitted to EPA for Approval

Please accept these comments submitted on behalf of Sierra Club and Earthjustice regarding the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (“MDEQ’s”) Sulfur Dioxide One-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard State Implementation Plan (“Submitted NSIP” or “Plan”), submitted to EPA on May 31, 2016 for approval and amended with an addendum on June 30, 2016. The Plan is required to address the portion of Wayne County that has been designated as out of attainment (“nonattainment area”) with the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (“SO2”) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”). MDEQ’s Plan falls short of bringing the area into attainment, and does not require enforceable, sufficient reduction in actual SO2 emissions from major sources in the area. As a result, EPA must deny approval of the Submitted NSIP.

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