BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 1 she joined a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over allegations the EPA illegally rolled back greenhouse gas emission limits for cars and light-duty trucks.
“These common-sense limits on tailpipe pollution have done more than any other measure to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, increase miles per gallon fuel economy and save drivers money on gas,” Healey said in a statement. “Scott Pruitt has once again illegally handed EPA decision-making over to fossil-fuel lobbyists, while sticking the American people with dirtier air and higher prices at the pump. Since the public can no longer depend on the EPA to protect their interests, we are fighting to defend the standards.”
Joining Massachusetts in the lawsuit are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, and the District of Columbia.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It alleges Clean Air Act violations on the part of the EPA.