States sue EPA over greenhouse-gas emissions from refineries
Twelve states, the city of New York, and the District of Columbia are suing the U.S. EPA for not regulating greenhouse-gas emissions from oil refineries. The suit accuses the agency of violating the Clean Air Act by refusing to issue standards for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from new or updated refinery equipment. In essence, the suit is an attempt to force the Bush administration to address climate change. The Supreme Court ruled last year that the EPA has the power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, but it has yet to do so. “The EPA’s s refusal to control pollution from oil refineries is the latest example of the Bush administration’s do-nothing policy on global warming,” said New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who’s leading the suit.