EPA’s ‘Collusive’ SO2 Deal With Enviros Illegal, States Argue

Law360, San Francisco (October 28, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT) -- Texas, North Carolina and several other states urged a California federal judge Tuesday to reject a proposed accord requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to meet new extended deadlines on identifying sulfur dioxide violations, saying the deal with environmental groups is collusive and violates the Clean Air Act.

More than a dozen states told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston not to approve the consent decree between the Sierra Club and the EPA, which requires the agency to begin completing area designations for sulfur dioxide violations within 16 months. North Carolina, in particular, called the settlement collusive, claiming both sides rushed the...

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