NAACP Defends Clean Air and Pollution Controls in Court

The NAACP has joined 17 of the nation’s leading public health and environmental organizations to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Rule before a high federal appeals court.

NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqueline Patterson, commented on defending the rule:

Civil rights are about equal access to protections afforded by law. Given the disproportionate impact of coal combustion pollution which negatively affects the health and educational outcomes as well as the economic wellbeing of communities of color, the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule is a critical tool for protecting communities. These standards provide essential safeguards for communities who are now suffering from decades of toxic exposure.

Click here to read the Earthjustice press release for further details about the case.