10 Feb '12, 11pm

Green Blog: States Sue E.P.A. Over Delayed Soot Rules

The Obama administration, already contending with a lawsuit from health and environmental groups arguing that ozone pollution standards are inadequate, now faces another suit over soot. Eleven states, including New York and California, joined forces on Friday to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency in federal district court in Manhattan over the agency’s delays in tightening air quality standards involving fine particulate matter, or soot, from diesel trucks, buses, power plants and other sources. In New York City and other urban areas, health officials blame the pollution for increasing the risk of early death, heart attacks and emergency room visits from people with asthma and other illnesses. Yet the Obama administration faces intense opposition to stricter air quality regulations from Republicans and industry critics who argue that they would drive up energy...

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