MADIGAN JOINS ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO DEMAND EPA ACT ON SUPREME COURT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS RULING
Nine Months Since Court Ruled Agency Should Develop Regulations
“I am appalled that absolutely nothing has been done in the nine months since the Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Agency has the authority now to deal with this critical component of climate change,” Madigan said.
In the letter, Madigan and the other attorneys general request that Johnson respond by February 27, 2008, or face possible legal action regarding his agency’s specific intentions for moving forward. The letter also was signed by environmental representatives of Baltimore and New York City.
The EPA had maintained that under the Clean Air Act, it did not have sufficient statutory authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But in its April 2, 2007, ruling, the Court ruled that EPA had relied on improper policy to deny a rulemaking petition and it ordered the agency to revisit the petition filed by Illinois, Massachusetts and 10 other states and environmental organizations based on proper statutory factors.
In the letter, the attorneys general point to EPA’s statements before Congress that the agency would propose new regulations by the end of 2007, with final regulations in place by October of this year. Madigan and others are seeking a clear statement from EPA that greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and other sources “cause, or contribute to, air pollution.”
Madigan’s letter follows other recent actions, joining with her colleagues nationwide to force environmental action by the federal government.
Joining Illinois in the letter to EPA Administrator Johnson are: 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, along with the cities of Baltimore and New York City, were either petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, or joined amicus briefs in support of the petitioners.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Gerald Karr is handling the matter for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.