Groups Fight EPA On San Joaquin Valley Air Rule

Law360, New York (January 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Public health and green groups are fighting a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule designating the San Joaquin Valley as meeting federal air standards for particulate matter, contending that dust, soot and other particles are sickening residents.

On Friday, the Latino Issues Forum, Advocates for Healthy Air and the Sierra Club petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review the EPA rule changing the federal air standards designation for the San Joaquin Valley.

The groups argue that the EPA's rule, which it finalized...
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