New York and 5 other states sue feds over upwind pollution

New York and five other Northeastern states are suing federal regulators to force them to help ensure that upwind states control their pollution.

The suit against the Environmental Protection Agency was filed Thursday in Manhattan and has been joined by Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

They want a federal judge to force the EPA to add nine more states to the group required by law to act together to reduce smog in the Northeast.

By statute, the region consists of those six states plus Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

The smog-contributing states they want included are Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.

An EPA spokeswoman says the agency will review and respond to the lawsuit.

Explore further

In spite of wet start, Northeast sees second driest November in more than a century

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: New York and 5 other states sue feds over upwind pollution (2016, October 6) retrieved 23 July 2019 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments

Oct 07, 2016
More leftist lawfare to centralize power and take away what little authority remains with the individual states, as the inexorable, crushing advance of the Progressives move us forward towards 1984. A little lost liberty here, a little less freedom there, pretty soon your talking real serfdom (w/apologies to E. Dirksen.)

Oct 07, 2016
Since true freedom implies the risk of failure the masses will always choose to be slaves of a central government. It appears that the creation of the constitution of the US was just a statistical accident and it will soon disappear like antimatter on earth.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more