- Associated Press - Friday, August 4, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s governor and top environmental official are praising Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s decision against delaying Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.

State officials previously criticized Pruitt for initially postponing implementation of the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards, arguing it would put Connecticut at an economic disadvantage against states they said ignore critical air quality issues and present a health risk to residents.

Malloy on Friday called Pruitt’s original planned delay “ill-advised.” Connecticut was one of 15 states that sued him over the move. At issue is an Oct. 1 deadline for states to begin meeting standards for ground-level ozone.

Pruitt made no mention of the lawsuit this week. He said his agency was being more responsive than past administrations to states’ needs.

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