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State may sue EPA over pollution

August 01, 2008|Louis Sahagun

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown on Thursday said California would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA continued to "wantonly disregard its duty" to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from ships and aircraft and industrial and farm equipment.

"Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and cause massive greenhouse gas pollution," Brown said at a news conference at the Port of Long Beach headquarters. "Because Bush's Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly disregard its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action."

The EPA has put off action to regulate greenhouse gases, and last month announced it was soliciting comments on ways to approach the issue.

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