New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed two lawsuits Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher limits on air pollution from hundreds of out-of-state industrial sources that contribute to high ozone levels in New Jersey.
Grewal says that although the Clean Air Act requires states to act as good neighbors by controlling air pollution, many states have taken little or no action to meet their obligations when it comes to nitrogen oxides, a key contributor to ozone pollution. Even though New Jersey has some of the strictest nitrogen oxides limits in the United States, Grewal says the EPA deems some New Jersey counties out of compliance with federal ozone standards due to emissions coming in from upwind states, especially from coal-burning power plants.
Grewal filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of New Jersey and Connecticut seeking an order requiring EPA to find that multiple states failed to submit plans to address their ozone pollution contributions to New Jersey, and to start the clock for EPA to issue a pollution plan for these delinquent states.
Grewal filed a second lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit on behalf of New York and New Jersey seeking to require EPA to impose direct pollution limits on more than 300 out-of-state industrial sources in nine upwind states whose air pollution significantly contributes to high ozone levels in New Jersey.