California Sues EPA
California sued the U.S. E-P-A today (Wednesday) for blocking the state from enforcing its own tailpipe emissions standards.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed the suit in the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The state’s first-in-the-nation standards would reduce auto emissions by roughly thirty percent by 2016. But California needs the EPA’s permission to enforce the law – and the federal agency denied that request last month. Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols says they’re moving as quickly as possible to fight for a reversal:
“We don’t want to provide any excuse to the auto industry to claim that they can’t comply because they won’t have enough time when we achieve the legal victory that we’re expecting, and so we needed to move as quickly as we could.”
When he denied the request, the EPA Administrator argued greenhouse gas emissions are a global issue – and not a challenge unique to California.
Other states are expected to join the suit.