Federal Court Rules In Connecticut's Favor Over Pollution Issues

Jun 13, 2018
Originally published on June 13, 2018 2:08 pm

Officials in Connecticut and New York are praising a federal court decision, which says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to do more to control air pollution.

State leaders sued the EPA in January saying the agency needs to do more to control pollution from so-called “upwind” states. Plaintiffs argue that bad air blows into northeast states, causing health and ozone issues.

A federal judge announced Tuesday the court agrees with the plaintiffs.

Citing the “Good Neighbor” provision of the federal Clean Air Act, the judge said the EPA must do more to control air pollution from Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, and West Virginia.

In an emailed statement, the EPA said it intends to put forward an action this month that will address any “good neighbor” obligations related to federal clean air law.

“As we have already publicly announced, we intend to propose -- by the end of June -- and finalize -- by December -- an action that will address any remaining good neighbor obligations related to the 2008 ozone standard for these and other states,” a spokesperson wrote.

“Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has a duty to take action when upwind states do not meet certain air quality standards and, in this case, the EPA clearly failed to do so,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen in a statement. “We are gratified by the district court’s ruling in this matter, and we will continue to work with our partners in New York to hold EPA accountable on this and other matters where it has not met its legal obligations.”

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