Tuesday, August 26, 2008

— Twelve states and the District of Columbia have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accusing it of failing to control emissions from oil refineries.

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said the lawsuit, filed Monday, asserts that the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by not issuing standards for controlling global-warming pollution from new or renovated oil refineries. New York City joined the suit.

“The EPA’s refusal to control pollution from oil refineries is the latest example of the Bush administration’s do-nothing policy on global warming,” Mr. Cuomo said.

New York and other states have also filed suits to require the EPA to set standards for emissions from power plants and over the right of states to regulate pollution from cars.

The EPA finalized new air pollution control regulations for oil refineries June 24 without setting standards for global warming pollution, Mr. Cuomo said.

“Time and taxpayer dollars will be better spent encouraging the Democratic-led Congress to take action on sound, responsible environmental legislation than by introducing new lawsuits,” EPA spokesman Tim Lyons said. The agency will “review this petition and respond appropriately.”

The suit was filed in the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other states that brought the complaint are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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