16 States and New York City Back the EPA’s Endangerment Finding on CO2
When the EPA issued guidelines on regulating large stationary sources of CO2 late last year through the authority of the Clean Air Act, industry groups voiced their displeasure while environmentalists celebrated.
Some of those industry groups, including Massey Energy and three other coal companies, the Industrial Miners Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals. They hope to block the EPA’s endangerment finding, which said that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare.
Now 16 states and New York City are asking the court for permission to join the lawsuit on behalf of the government. The states, which are citing the threat of climate change, are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.