(Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced
Jan. 19 that his office has filed a motion in District of Columbia.District Court seeking to
intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State
Air Pollution Update Rule.
joins five other states – Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – in defending the EPA measure, which mandates that power plants in
22 states reduce their smog pollution that blows downwind into other states and
allegedly threatens public health. Fourteen energy companies and upwind states have
challenged the rule, attempting to overturn it.
“Smog pollution blowing in from other states threatens the
health of millions of New Yorkers, particularly seniors and children,” Schneiderman said. “New York has already put in place
some of the most effective air quality protections in the country, but we have
no control over dirty air that pours in from other states. The Trump administration has signaled its desire
to roll back federal environmental protections, including those that protect
states from out-of-state polluters. This
is why defending this sensible, fair, and crucial rule is so important.”
attorneys general Michael J. Myers, Morgan A. Costello and Andrew G. Frank of Schneiderman’s Environmental Protection Bureau are handling the case for
New York, under the supervision of bureau chief Lemuel Srolovic.