State Officials Seek More Influence In CAA Implementation

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 3:25 PM EST) -- State and local environmental regulators on Thursday encouraged congressional lawmakers to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set firm deadlines for approving Clean Air Act state implementation plans, and allow states to participate in third-party lawsuit settlement discussions dealing with those plans.

The EPA has often been too slow to consider state implementation plans, or SIPs, sometimes waiting more than five years before making a determination — leaving states in limbo and increasing the likelihood for citizen suits claiming a plan is outdated once it...
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