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AGs sue Trump Administration over Clean Air Act

Joe Mont | April 11, 2018

A coalition of 15 Attorneys General, joined by the City of Chicago have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for “ignoring its legal duty to control emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, from existing oil and gas operations.”

Specifically, the lawsuit charges that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the federal Clean Air Act by “unreasonably delaying” its mandatory obligation under the Act to control methane emissions from these operations.       

“Over and over again, the Trump administration has put polluters before the health and safety of New Yorkers,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, one of the signatories, said in a statement. “The EPA has a clear legal duty to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations, one its largest sources. Its continued refusal to do so is not only illegal, but threatens our public...

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