Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including but not limited to:
- municipal solid waste landfills;
- reinforced plastics composites production;
- asphalt processing;
- organic chemical manufacturing; and
- steel manufacturing
We filed suit with eight other environmental groups from around the country and were represented by Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization. As a result of these rulemakings, EPA must review health threats and technological updates, and strengthen air standards as required by law to protect public health and ensure no communities are left behind as pollution reduction methods advance in other parts of the country.
For too many years, EPA has violated the Clean Air Act by not updating these important health protections, instead allowing unnecessary exposure to cancer-causing pollution and chemicals that annoy, hurt and kill people.
The ruling came down from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a two-year lawsuit. It granted summary judgment, and ordered EPA to complete action on all overdue air toxics rules within 3 years.
With so much noise at the federal level about facilities like these paying too much time and money to comply with regulations, it’s reassuring to see the system work to limit the cost to regular people of living working and going to school near major polluters.
Many thanks to our members, for supporting this important work.