California sues Trump administration over repeal of “Once-in/Always-in” anti-pollution rule.

April 25, 2018

On April 10, 2018 California’s clean-air board and its attorney general sued the Trump administration to challenge as illegal the repeal of a policy that requires major sources of air pollutants, including oil refineries, to permanently take action to reduce their emissions, according to this April 10, 2018 Los Angeles Times report.

The lawsuit filed by Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board targets a policy change by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would no longer require major polluters to install and operate equipment to permanently minimize the release of hazardous substances.

“Instead of prioritizing the health of hardworking Americans, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to let major polluters off the hook,” Becerra said in a statement. “That is unconscionable, and it is illegal.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is the 31st legal challenge undertaken by the Democratic attorney general against the administration of the Republican president, with others targeting Trump policies on immigration, healthcare and the U.S. census.

Becerra has filed several other environmental lawsuits in the last year, including one to preserve a rule against release of methane from oil and gas operations on public lands. He also sued to challenge a delay in increased penalties for automakers whose vehicles fail to comply with fuel-efficiency standards. Yet another lawsuit challenged as unlawful the EPA’s one-year delay of ozone attainment standards.

What this means to you
California has sued Trump administration over repeal of “Once-in/Always-in” anti-pollution rule. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is the 31st legal challenge undertaken by California’s attorney general against the Trump administration.

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