EPA Ordered To Make Decision About Washington Smog

    April 9, 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was ordered by a federal judge to make up its mind about a smog-reduction plan for the Washington area by May 3.

The area’s smoggy air is in violation of United States health standards.

According to a Washington Post article,

The court ruling, issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge James Robertson, was the Sierra Club’s fourth legal victory on the issue in three years. The environmental group contends that the EPA repeatedly missed deadlines and allowed localities to do less than required. The group, represented by Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, filed its latest suit in December.

In his ruling, Robertson noted that the EPA said it expected to act by May 3. Despite the assurances, he said he felt that it was necessary to issue an order because of the “EPA’s unblemished record of nonperformance in this corner of the Clean Air Act.”

The EPA says that action will be taken by the deadline.

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