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Smog & Soot: National Standards Review & Revision

Case Overview

This 2003 lawsuit set the stage for limits on smog pollution from power plants and other sources. We negotiated deadlines with the Environmental Protection Agency to propose standards for ozone, a precursor to smog, by June 20, 2007. The EPA's weak protections mean more pollution for our cities and neighborhoods.

Case Updates

January 23, 2013 | In the News: Bloomberg

EPA soot-screening rule thrown out by U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court rejected a request from a coalition of power companies and others aimed at getting out of having to monitor and test soot pollution levels from large power plants. Instead, the court ruled that the exemptions violated the Clean Air Act and upheld their requirement for projects at power plants.

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