NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New
York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, through a coalition of five states, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force
the agency to take action on a petition that seeks to ensure upwind states
control the pollution that blows into New York and other downwind states.
According to the coalition,
pollution from upwind states causes health concerns for citizens of downwind
states because the pollution contributes to allegedly dangerous ground-level
ozone, or “smog.”
“States upwind of New York
that don’t take adequate responsibility for their pollution shift the cost and
public health burdens of this pollution onto New Yorkers,” Schneiderman said. “Our
coalition has waited almost three years for EPA to decide on whether it will
use its legal authority to require upwind states to stem their contribution to
the smog pollution. As we have waited, the health of millions of New Yorkers
has continued to be threatened. Today, we are suing to force long-overdue
action by EPA on this important petition.”
The coalition initially
filed its petition in 2013, asking EPA to add nine states to the ozone region.
According to the coalition, modeling and analysis shows that these states contribute
to ozone standard violations.