12 Mar '18, 7pm

Court Orders EPA to Move Forward with Implementing Strengthened Smog Standard

Today, March 12, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with implementing key health protections against smog. The court ordered EPA to take the next step by promulgating official identifications of most areas with smog levels violating the 2015 ozone health standard by April 30, 2018. Rejecting EPA’s request for extra time, the court also ordered EPA to finish the job by determining whether the San Antonio area violates the ozone standard by July 17. These overdue “designations” are necessary to bring smog levels down into compliance with the ozone standard. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA was legally obligated to make them by October 1, 2017, but illegally failed to do so. Once the EPA issues designations, the work of cleaning up elevated smog levels begins. The EPA estimates that...

Full article: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/court-orders-epa...

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