California Plans Another Emissions Lawsuit Against EPA

California Plans Another Emissions Lawsuit Against EPA

California will announce plans today to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from ships, aircraft and industrial equipment.

State Attorney General Jerry Brown said the agency has shirked its duty to regulate greenhouse gases in the face of federal law and a Supreme Court ruling affirming its authorization to do so. Instead the EPA has dragged its feet, rebuffed the state's efforts and blocked formal findings that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health or welfare, the state said.

"Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and cause massive greenhouse gas pollution yet President Bush stalls with one bureaucratic dodge after another," Attorney General Brown said Wednesday in a statement. "Because Bush's Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly ignore its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action."

It is the third lawsuit from California and other states related to greenhouse gas emissions. California has set a goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Brown will announce the lawsuit at a press conference today at the Port of Long Beach. Connecticut, Oregon, New York City, the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District will join the lawsuit. Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center plan to file similar petitions.

The shipping industry alone produces 3 percent of global emissions, exceeding the amount emitted by every country except the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and Germany, the state said. Aircraft emitted 3 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2005.