Monday, April 23, 2012

New Jersey drops out of ozone lawsuit against the EPA

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Politico
reports today that New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.

According to Politico,
The state was notably absent from briefs filed this month in State of Mississippi v. EPA before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That case began in 2008 after the Bush administration sidestepped Environmental Protection Agency scientists’ recommended ozone standards, which were later proposed by current Administrator Lisa Jackson.

And in a brief filed Friday, the state withdrew from the case, saying only that the move is voluntary and “will not materially prejudice the rights of other parties to the action.”

The offices of Gov. Chris Christie and state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Read the full story here.

The New
Jersey Sierra Club was quick to criticize the decision, declaring: 

“Governor Christie has taken the side of polluters over the lungs of the people of New Jersey. There is a direct connection between high levels of ozone and people having to go to hospital for asthma with the Governor having asthma himself he should know better. By pulling out of this lawsuit he is siding with polluters and special interest over the people of this state and their public health.” 

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