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Thompson v. Chicago

Citation: 5 ELR 20283
No. No. 74C 2105, 7 ERC 1682/(N.D. Ill., 02/06/1975)

The court dismisses, for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, a citizen suit brought under § 304 of the Clean Air Act to enjoin the discharge of silicon tetrachloride from a chemical facility. The primary and secondary national ambient air quality standards do not constitute emissions standards or limitations established in a state implementation plan and thus are not amenable to citizen suit enforcement under § 304 of the statute. The plaintiffs' request for mandamus relief requiring the EPA Administrator to list hydrochloric acid and silicon dioxide, to which silicon tetrachloride breaks down in the atmosphere, as hazardous air pollutants, and to issue air quality criteria and emissions standards regarding them must also be denied, since the statute clearly leaves the decision to take such action to the Administrator's discretion.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Sheldon O. Zisook
100 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Ill. 60604

Foss, Schuman & Drake
11 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Ill. 60604

Counsel for Defendants
James R. Thompson U.S. Attorney
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Ill. 60604

William J. Scott Attorney General
Richard W. Cosby
160 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Ill. 60604

Richard L. Curry Corporation Counsel
511 City Hall
Chicago, Ill. 60602

Lord, Bissel & Brook
135 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Ill. 60604

Pretzel, Stouffer, Nolan & Rooney
100 West Monroe Street
Chicago, Ill. 60603

Kirkland & Ellis
200 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, Ill. 60601