"Federal Court Orders EPA To Implement Smog Rules"

"WASHINGTON - A federal court on Monday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement protections against smog set in 2015, the latest defeat in court by the agency as it rolls back environmental regulations.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the agency led by Administrator Scott Pruitt needs to move ahead to carry out the 2015 Ozone Standards and designate areas in the country that do not meet them.

The EPA has until April 30 to comply.

Pruitt “has failed to perform a non-discretionary duty imposed” to designate areas of the country that do not meet the standards set for levels of ozone, the main component in smog, the court order said."

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters March 12, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 03/13/2018