Green consortium challenges Obama administration

A law firm dedicated to protecting the earth has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to stop delaying over its decision over air standards. The American government has announced […]

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By Tom Gibson

A law firm dedicated to protecting the earth has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to stop delaying over its decision over air standards. The American government has announced its fourth delay over action on the standards.

Earthjustice, who made the request to the US Court of Appeals on behalf of the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense Fund and other conservationists want the government to recognice medical calls for a harder line on smog.

David Baron, Earthjustice attorney, said: “Delaying stronger standards means more death and suffering from dangerous smog pollution. Millions of Americans are being denied the health protection that doctors say they need. The President needs to stop stalling and start protecting people’s lungs as the law requires.”

According to EPA estimates, stronger ozone standards could save up to12,000 lives annually, preventing tens of thousands of asthma attacks and hospital visits, and hundreds of thousands of lost school and work days.

The current ozone standards, adopted by the Bush administration in 2008, were significantly weaker than recommended by lung doctors and EPA’s science advisors.