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Tony Kreindler, Environmental Defense, 202-572-3378 or 202-210-5791 (Cell)
Julia Bovey, NRDC, 202-289-2420 or 202-270-0768 (Cell)
The groups join California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Attorney General Jerry Brown in promising legal action to force a decision if EPA fails to take prompt action. The governor in April said he would give the agency 180 days to reach a final decision before filing a lawsuit.
EPA has been sitting on
“EPA has been dragging its feet for 17 months and now plans to hold meetings for 17 more,” said Environmental Defense Senior Attorney Vickie Patton. “It’s time for this administration to give states the green light to fight global warming instead of burying their plans in bureaucracy.”
“The EPA has bottled up action in
Environmental Defense and NRDC today sent a letter to the agency warning that they will file suit “to compel EPA’s unreasonably delayed and unlawfully withheld final action on California’s waiver request” if the agency does not make a decision within 180 days.
The filing comes on the day of EPA’s first public hearing on
California’s Clean Cars law (AB 1493), also known as “Pavley,” phases in reductions of global warming pollution beginning in model year 2009 and ultimately achieves a 30 percent decrease in fleetwide emissions. Passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks represent the largest sources of global warming pollution in
The eleven states that have adopted