- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt can intervene in the settlement of a lawsuit between the Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental group over emission standards in Oklahoma and other states.

The decision means Pruitt can represent the interests of the state as a settlement is negotiated between Wild Earth Guardians and the EPA.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to order the EPA to take action on Oklahoma and other states to enforce emission standards for nitrogen dioxide. Wild Earth Guardians claims Oklahoma and other states have not submitted state implementation plans to address air quality standards for the emissions.

The environmental group wants the court to force the EPA to declare the states out of compliance and allow the EPA to implement federal plans.

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