California Sues the EPA
Posted on Nov 8, 2007
California is sick of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to block two-year-old legislation that would cut auto emissions in the state well beyond federal guidelines, and the state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the agency, which under the Bush administration has failed utterly in its principal mandate.
Gov. Schwarzenegger is optimistic: “There’s no legal basis for Washington to stand in our way.” The Golden State is not alone in this fight. As many as 16 other states could follow California’s lead if it succeeds.
California is suing the US federal government over its failure to back the state’s tough new anti-pollution laws regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Two years ago, California passed legislation requiring car-makers to cut vehicle emissions by 30% by 2016.
But for the measure to take effect, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must give its approval.