Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club Sue EPA for Failing to Properly Regulate Air Pollution From Nitric Acid Plants
Case Could Prompt EPA to Start Regulating Greenhouse Gases
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to update these standards every eight years, and EPA is already more than 16 years late. EIP and the Sierra Club are represented by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at
Nitric acid plants generate nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. EIP and Sierra Club hope the information developed during the review will persuade EPA to start regulating N2O emissions. Nitric acid plants are, by far, the largest industrial source of N2O in
Nitric acid plants also generate nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are the raw ingredients of ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter. EPA has recently discovered that these types of air pollution are much more dangerous to public health than was previously suspected. It is now clear that these pollutants cause respiratory problems, heart disease, and many premature deaths. In addition, better and more cost-effective technologies for controlling NOx emissions have been developed since the last standards were set 24 years ago.
EIP and the Sierra Club are hopeful that, under the Obama administration, EPA will move quickly to review and revise the NSPS for nitric acid plants.
Indeed, in a memo to EPA employees,
EIP and Sierra Club notified EPA of their intent to sue the agency in an
EIP and Sierra Club believe EPA should move quickly to review and revise the emission standard for nitric acid plants.
EIP and Sierra Club hope their effort will prompt EPA to take action on greenhouse gas emissions from other sources as well.
A copy of the complaint and the
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The Environmental Integrity Project (http://www.environmentalintegrity.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.
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