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New Jersey joining suit over loosened greenhouse gas restrictions

By Nikita Biryukov, September 14 2020 11:45 am

New Jersey will join a coalition of other states in a bid to block the Environmental Protection Agency from rolling back standards for methane and other hazardous emissions, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.

“EPA’s latest rollbacks will allow more pollution with less accountability,” Grewal said. “This is just the latest example of EPA’s reckless race to deregulate, without regard for the science or the consequences. EPA is putting our environment and the health of our residents at risk.”

The EPA is seeking to rollback 2016 rules that emissions of methane and other pollutants whose removal the states say would endanger public health and hasten climate change.

Specifically, the new rules loosen monitoring requirements and leak detection rules. They also wholly remove rules related to the storage and transport for some parts of the oil and natural gas industries.

The states’ suit claims the EPA’s new rules run afoul of the Clean Air Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, charging the agency’s elimination of the pollution controls was arbitrary.

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, Denver and Chicago are also participating in the suit.

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