A suit against the Environmental Protection Agency has been filed in San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court after the EPA refused to grant California a waiver that would allow the state to establish its own auto emissions standard. As many as sixteen other states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Utah and Iowa) may join this latest suit in what has been a long series of legal actions to force the EPA to allow states tougher emissions standards than those dictated by federal law.
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. -snip-
In announcing his decision last month, [EPA Administrator] Johnson said the federal government was moving forward with a national solution and dismissed California's arguments that it faced unique threats from climate change. Link.
"There's absolutely no justification for the administrator's action. It's illegal, unconscionable and a gross dereliction of duty." California Attorney General Jerry Brown's statement.
"They [the EPA] are ignoring the will of millions of people who want their government to take action in the fight against global warming," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's statement. "That's why, at the very first legal opportunity, we're suing to reverse the U.S. EPA's wrong decision" ...