August 29, 2017 / 12:57 AM / a year ago

9th Circuit upholds EPA consent decree on air sulfur levels

A divided federal appeals court on Monday upheld a consent decree that gives the Environmental Protection Agency until 2020 to determine which geographic areas are violating health standards for air pollution from sulfur dioxide.

The 2-1 panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges filed by six states, which claimed the EPA’s consent decree with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council improperly imposed obligations on them without their consent and left them in “planning purgatory” by extending a three-year deadline in the Clean Air Act to 10 years.

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