State Petitions EPA to Comply with Clean Air Act, Protect Public Health by Requiring Upwind States to Reduce Smog Pollution
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that New York State is seeking to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address the interstate transport of ozone pollution from sources in states upwind of New York. New York is responding to EPA's inaction on a petition submitted by DEC on March 12, 2018, which showed that large pollution sources in upwind states are affecting New York's ability to achieve federal air quality standards for smog. EPA has failed to act on the state's petition despite granting itself a six-month extension. The New York Attorney General's office intends to bring suit if EPA does not take required action within 60 days.