Attorneys Urge EPA to Act on Climate Ruling
Attorney General Martha Coakley along with attorneys general from 17
states, the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, and the City
Solicitor for Baltimore sent a letter to Stephen L. Johnson, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator, regarding the agency’s
lack of progress in responding to last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling
in Massachusetts v. EPA.
“On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court established EPA’s
responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases under the federal Clean Air
Act,” said Coakley. “The one-year anniversary of the court’s ruling is
fast approaching, and it is long past time for EPA to begin exercising
its regulatory authority. Further continued delay is not acceptable.”
Joining Massachusetts in signing the letter were: Arizona,
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon,
Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. All of these states, together
with the City of New York, and the Mayor and City Council for
Baltimore, were either petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, or joined amicus briefs in support of the petitioners.
Letter to Stephen L. Johnson; Re: Massachusetts v. EPA remand