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Cal. Cmtys. Against Toxics v. Pruitt

ELR Citation: 47 ELR 20039
Nos. 15-cv-512, (D.D.C., 03/13/2017) (Chutkan, J.)

A district court denied EPA’s request for a five-year extension to review hazardous emissions standards under the CAA covering 20 different industries. Plaintiffs brought suit to compel EPA to finalize emissions standards for the 20 regulated industries, and suggested a timeline of no more than two years. EPA did not challenge its failure to act, but suggested a timeline of five years that would be completed in stages. The court held that it would not accede to the Agency’s request without a show of impossibility of revising the standards sooner, but the plaintiffs’ timeline may be too compressed. As such, the court set a compromise timeline of three years.