The Latest On: Clean Air
A federal court has issued a deadline for the Obama Administration to update federal smog standards. The ruling followed an Earthjustice lawsuit against the administration for failing to meet a new standard by March 2013, as mandated by the Clean Air Act. “The court’s decision today will finally put an end to EPA’s foot-dragging on these important health standards,” said Earthjustice attorney Paul Cort.
In U.S. District Court late Tuesday, federal judge ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has to complete an overdue review and, update the national standards controlling ozone pollution also known as smog.
The Supreme Court struck down an industry challenge that prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal plant pollution across state lines. The ruling is a tremendous victory for public health and the environment as it grants the EPA the authority to require old plants to install modern pollution controls. “People who live downwind from this deadly pollution have a right to breathe air that doesn’t sicken and kill them,” Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice president.