Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Big polluters sue against EPA air standards for nitogen dioxide

Perhaps it’s just that the forces of evil never sleep. Or maybe they are just mad that, unlike its processor, the Obama EPA did follow the advice of its independent scientific advisers.

We are told that polluters have filed suit in federal court, seeking to overturn the recent new EPA air quality standard for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

The petitions for review were filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by the American Petroleum Institute, the Utility Air Regulatory Group (electric power companies) as well as by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.

You may recall that Clean Air Watch and the American Lung Association were less than ecstatic about the standard, noting that it was the weakest possible level within the range suggested by the scientific advisers.


Even so, it is disheartening to see the oil, gas and electric power industries spending more on lawyers rather than on cleanup.

This is probably the opening salvo in a barrage of polluter lawsuits as EPA moves to tighten other clean-air standards for smog and soot.

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