California Sues EPA in Fight Over Emissions

Feds lag on allowing states to set tougher controls, Arnold says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 5:21 PM CST
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, talks with Attorney General Jerry Brown, as they walk to a Capitol news conference to announce the state has filed sued against the federal government to force a decision...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – California sued the Environmental Protection Agency today in an attempt to force the federal government to give states the authority to enforce their own controls on greenhouse-gas emissions. Fourteen other states filed with California in two separate lawsuits, the Los Angeles Times reports. "There's no legal basis for Washington to stand in our way," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Sacramento.

"Our future depends on us taking action on global warming right now," Schwarzenegger said. The Supreme Court ruled in April that the EPA had authority to allow states to enforce emissions standards stricter than those outlined in the federal Clean Air Act; the agency promised to act by year's end, but California officials grew tired of the delay. (Read more California stories.)