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3 States Sue EPA Over Carbon Dioxide Limits

June 05, 2003|From Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — Three states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to force the federal government to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide permitted in the air.

The lawsuit seeks to add carbon dioxide to the list of pollutants that are regulated under the Clean Air Act. The current list includes carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulates and sulfur oxides.

Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal, who brought the case along with his counterparts from Massachusetts and Maine, said the EPA had failed to use its authority to protect the public.

"Now, the courts must compel it," he said.

EPA spokesman David Deegan said the agency's lawyers will review the lawsuit.

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