Group sues over EPA’s review of state air plans |

Group sues over EPA’s review of state air plans

DENVER âa‚¬a€ An environmental group is suing to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to speed up its review of state pollution regulations.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver claims thereâa‚¬a„¢s a backlog of dozens of so-called state implementation plans awaiting review and approval. WildEarth Guardians says not acting on the plans prevents the public from being assured the law is being followed.

States file the plans when they change how they comply with the federal Clean Air Act.

The lawsuit singles out Colorado, Montana, and Utah, where the group says many of its members and supporters live. WildEarth Guardians says the concern is that some states may be following looser regulations enacted during George W. Bushâa‚¬a„¢s presidency.

A message left for a Denver EPA spokeswoman wasnâa‚¬a„¢t immediately returned.

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