Today Gulf Coast residents and their allies in the environmental and social justice movements rallied and spoke against federal plans to issue 10 new offshore fossil fuel leases in the Gulf of Mexico, continuing the momentum from a historic, high-profile demonstration against another Gulf lease sale last month at the Superdome.
The new air standards for oil refinery emissions, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year (despite being more than a decade overdue and not as strong as they should have been) represent a major step forward for communities that live near these refineries.
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