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EPA sued over water pollution at oil refineries, plastic plants


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Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over pollution guidelines it issued earlier this year, claiming it failed to update limits on the release of toxic chemicals in wastewater from oil refineries, plastic manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities.
The groups said in a petition to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the EPA violated provisions of the Clean Water Act that require the federal environmental regulator to tighten pollution controls every five years if new technology is available.
In some instances, the groups said, technology requirements have not been updated for nearly 40 years for industrial plants that release chemicals like cyanide, benzene, mercury and chlorides through billions of gallons of wastewater.
They are seeking an order forcing the agency to revisit the regulations, including by analyzing whether new technologies are available that could cut pollution discharges at over 1,000 facilities across the country.
An EPA representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The petition was filed by a group that includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Clean Water Action, Food & Water Watch and other U.S. environmental organizations.
They claim the EPA issued effluent emission guidelines earlier this year that failed to limit pollution from seven regulated industry sectors with big emissions footprints, posing a variety of environmental and health concerns.
Among those sectors are plastic manufacturing plants, fertilizer production plants, oil refineries, metal manufacturing plants and pesticide plants. Those facilities can release toxic per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as well as lead, benzene, nitrogen, toxic metals and other toxic substances, the groups said.


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  • Peter Kamau

    54 w

    This is a substantial proof that EPA is failing on its mandate.It's quite a major drawback

    • mercy nduta

      60 w

      It is a shame EPA has allowed industrial polluters such as chemical plants and oil refineries to escape accountability under the Clean Water Act.

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      • Tabitha Kimani

        60 w

        EPA should remain updated in terms new research and technologies for it to be relevant and have updated regulations.

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        • Daniel Waweru

          60 w

          This is absurd and dissapointing. Yes they should be sued, this is irresponsibility

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          • Edwin wangombe

            60 w

            This type of pollution endangers the life of those who consume the water and the aquatic animals in the water

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            • George Kariuki

              60 w

              It is crucial for regulatory agencies to prioritize these measures and ensure industries are held accountable for their impact on water quality.

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              • Gregory Coutinho

                60 w

                I thought the EPA would improve after Trump, who all but dismantled it, left office. Not seeing much improvement yet.

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  60 w

                  I thought EPA is a protection entity, this is totally disappointing.

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                • Munene Mugambi

                  60 w

                  I think EPA just protects the oil corporations

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                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

                    60 w

                    @munene_mugambi Yes it could be true

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                  • Patrik Lobergh

                    60 w

                    EPA used to be a forerunner, however this time they seem to be miles behind European Union legislation.

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