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Blue Ridge Envtl Defense League v. Pruitt

ELR Citation: 47 ELR 20045
Nos. 16-cv-00364, (D.D.C., 03/22/2017) (Cooper, J.)

A district court ordered EPA to complete overdue assessments of 13 sources of hazardous air pollutants. In 2016, environmental groups sued the Agency over a failure to meet CAA requirements that the standards for air pollutants be reviewed within eight years to account for technology improvements. The environmental groups sought a court order that would require EPA to set standards within 20 months. EPA did not deny that it was not in compliance with the statute, but suggested a timeline that would span four and a half years. The court ordered that the Agency complete reviews of at least seven of the standards by Dec. 31, 2018, with a subsequent deadline of June 30, 2020, for the remaining standards.