SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to review emission standards for hazardous air pollutants – including lead smelters and pesticide plants – or set new standards in the eight years since the original standards were enacted, the Sierra Club claims in Federal Court.
The Sierra Club claims the EPA ignored its statutory duty under the Clean Air Act to study and protect humans and the environment and enact new regulations within eight years after the standards are first enacted.
The EPA did not review pollutants from off-site waste recovery programs, pesticide production sites and lead smelting sites, the Sierra Club says. The deadlines for reviews passed six years ago.
The Sierra Club wants the EPA ordered to do its job, plus costs and other relief. The Sierra Club is represented by Sarah Burt with Earthjustice.