Eight attorneys general sue EPA over air pollution

By Daniel Uria  |  Dec. 26, 2017 at 8:42 PM
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Dec. 26 (UPI) -- New York's attorney general and seven others sued the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution traveling upwind from other states.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led the coalition in filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's EPA to ensure upwind states adequately control smog pollution that blows into New York and other states.

"Millions of New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air as smog pollution continues to pour in from other states," Schneiderman said. "The federal government has a fundamental responsibility to act. Yet the Trump EPA has abandoned its responsibilities -- repeatedly failing to act to control smog pollution that jeopardizes New Yorkers' health. Attorneys general will continue to act to protect those we serve."

Attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont joined Schneiderman in the suit which specifically challenges the denial of a 2013 petition to add nine additional states to the "Ozone Transport Region."

The Ozone Transport Region is a group of states established under the federal Clean Air Act that must act in concert to reduce smog pollution within the region.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt denied the states' petition to add Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to the region in November.

The suit filed by the eight states requests the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit review whether Pruitt's denial is unlawful and to vacate it if so.

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