"Clean Air Groups Settle With EPA Over Haze Cleanup"

"A coalition of clear air advocates and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have filed a legal settlement that establishes firm, enforceable deadlines for action on plans to clean up regional haze pollution in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands."

"If approved by the court, the consent decree filed Thursday will require states and the EPA to issue enforceable plans to curb haze-causing pollution from the nation's largest and oldest coal-fired power plants.

The EPA initially issued a rule in 1999 requiring states to submit regional haze plans. These plans were due in December 2007 but most were not forthcoming.

In August 2011, the National Parks Conservation Association and eight other environmental groups sued the agency to take action on these plans. The consent decree resolves this litigation. It will require final EPA action on each state plan by deadlines ranging from December 2011 to November 2012."

Environment News Service had the story November 14, 2011.

Source: ENS, 11/15/2011