Eight Eastern US states have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose tougher controls on some Midwestern states over air pollution blowing eastward.
In their lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the states said the administration of President Donald Trump had failed to impose congressionally mandated anti-pollution standards on parts of the Midwest.
New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the lawsuit. “Millions of New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air as smog pollution continues to pour in from other states,” Schneiderman said.
The other states that are part of the lawsuit are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The coalition urged the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Washington to overturn the EPA’s decision to allow nine mostly Midwestern states to escape tighter smog pollution controls.
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