Guardians challenged the state’s failure to take action on the operating permit for the TEP wastewater facility, which led to the state initiating procedures to issue the requested permit. Once that process had begun, Guardians submitted formal comments protesting the proposed
issuance of this permit, arguing that the state was misclassifying much of the VOC emissions from the facility as “fugitive” emissions when in actuality these emissions are intentionally released from sources that are capable of being controlled. Many other similar water treatment facilities use covers for their water ponds which capture VOCs and allow them to be destroyed instead of going into the air. Additionally, we worked with allied groups local to the TEP wastewater facility, allowing them the time and opportunity to participate in the permitting process which they otherwise likely would not have known about. Guardians values its relationships with local organizations, who often contribute time and manpower to challenges initiated by Guardians, and who fight for the issues which are nearest and dearest to their own missions.