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(Corrects attribution in headline of story published May 31.)
A federal judge gave the Environmental Protection Agency one week to propose rules on soot pollution, regulations that are more than six months overdue, a party to a lawsuit on the standards said.
U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins of the District of Columbia court today also ordered an agency official to appear before him on June 11 to spell out plans for issuing the final rules, Janice Nolen, assistant vice president for national policy at the American Lung Association, said in an interview. The Lung Association had sued the EPA for inaction.
The agency said it sent proposed rules to the White House for review yesterday, a process that typically takes 60 days. The EPA is reviewing the judge’s order, Alisha Johnson, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. A copy of the judge’s order wasn’t immediately available from the court.
The EPA issued its last standards on so-called particulate matter in 2006, and by law must review those standards every five years, Nolen said. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington are also part of the lawsuit against the EPA.
The case is American Lung Association v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 12-cv-00243, in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
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