Earthjustice files suit to force EPA to take action on discriminatory air pollution permits

Moving Forward Network member Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in Federal court last week on behalf of the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations alleging that the EPA has ignored environmental injustice for decades, in violation of the Civil Rights Act, and left minority communities to suffer when states allowed air pollution that violated residents’ civil rights.

While the EPA has made plans to improve its civil rights enforcement practices (See the EPA progress report), the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility blasted the agency in the recently released report EPA’s Environmental Justice Program – Isolated from Civil Rights for “Flunking Civil Rights.”

Source: EPA’s Environmental Justice Program – Isolated from Civil Rights

For more information about the lawsuit, see:

EPA Called On To Stop States From Permitting Polluting Facilities Through Discriminatory Processes, DeSmog Blog

After EPA Ignored Environmental Racism for Decades, Communities Fight Back, San Diego Free Press

EPA Slow to Probe Bias Claims, Groups Say, Courthouse News Service

The legal complaint, filed in U.S. District Court