NEWS: Environmentalists plan to sue EPA in absence of final word on Utah’s ‘serious’ air designation

Emma Penrod
Salt Lake Tribune
August 1, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is again under fire for not reviewing Utah air quality proposals in a timely fashion, with two groups saying the feds should have classified Utah’s small-particle pollution as “serious” weeks ago.

Two national organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health, intend to sue the EPA for its failure to “perform multiple mandatory duties” required of it by the Clean Air Act, with the agency missing deadlines established in federal legislation on more than 50 occasions in 38 states.

In Utah, according to the groups’ notice of intent, the EPA missed its July 1 deadline to take action after the state itself missed a deadline for bringing air quality up to federal standards.

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