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Texas, 3 Other States Sue EPA

(September 19, 2013)—Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nevada are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging the agency has failed to determine the states' compliance with a new federal clean air requirement that limits sulfur dioxide emissions.

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal district court in Bismarck, N.D.

The states’ attorneys general say in court papers that the states meet the new standard under the Clean Air Act and allege the EPA is in violation federal law by missing its deadline to make the required determinations.

Sulfur dioxide smells like rotten eggs and is a major emission from coal-fired power plants and has been linked to acid rain and various respiratory ailments.


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