California Sues EPA Over Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Fifteen states plan to intervene on California's behalf, including 13 of those that have either adopted or are in the process of adopting the rules.

Published: 03-Jan-2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for denying its first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, challenging the Bush administration's conclusion that states have no business setting emission standards.

Other states are expected to join the lawsuit, which was anticipated after the EPA on Dec. 19 denied California a waiver it needs under the federal Clean Air Act. The lawsuit was filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson denied California the waiver, saying new federal regulations would be more effective than a patchwork of state laws. At least 16 other states had been expected to follow California's lead and adopt the state's tougher emission limits.

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