Environmental and public health groups want a federal court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to issue tougher standards for smog-forming pollution.
The American Lung Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other groups in a court filing Tuesday, ask a federal judge to require EPA to propose new ozone standards by Dec. 1, 2014, and finish them 10 months later.
“The longer Americans must wait for the EPA to strengthen the standards, the longer they must breathe air pollution that shortens their lives, worsens lung disease, makes it harder for them to breathe, and threatens cardiovascular harm,” the American Lung Association said in a statement Tuesday evening.
The filing is the latest twist in the intense, years-long legal and lobbying battle over EPA ozone regulations. It’s a fight that has drawn high-level White House involvement over the past several years.
President Obama, in 2011, scuttled EPA plans to toughen George W. Bush-era standards but noted that EPA would revisit the rules in 2013.
The 2011 White House action followed heavy lobbying by industry groups, such as the National Association of Manufacturers, that say further tightening of the rules would hobble the economy.
EPA, under the Clean Air Act, must review ozone standards every five years.
The green groups’ filing Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California says completion of that review is overdue.
It notes that ozone rules were last promulgated in mid-March of 2008 and that “there is no dispute that EPA has failed to complete its review.”
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
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Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."