Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
in federal court in San Francisco, asserting the EPA did not adequately enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act
The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the Sierra Club
and WildEarth Guardians
, claims that the agency has failed to crack down on states that did not develop develop and submit plans for meeting air-quality standards. Known as national ambient air quality standards, or NAAQS
, the rules limit pollution in order to protect human health and the environment.
The suit states that the EPA has been remiss in following up on the failures of numerous states and protectorates -- among them North Dakota, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands
, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington -- to submit localized plans for meeting air-quality standards.
Worried about inhaling the air of paradise too deeply on that next vacation on Maui? You can check out the lawsuit here
H/T | Courthouse News
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