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AG MYERS TO SUE EPA FOR FAILURE TO REGULATE GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS

July 31, 2008

Oregon Attorney General To Sue EPA For Failure To Regulate Greenhouse Emissions From Ships, Aircrafts And Other Non-Highway Vehicles And Engines

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that the State of Oregon, in conjunction with California and several other states, has given the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formal notice of intent to sue the agency within 180 days if it continues to "ignore its duty" to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from ships, aircraft, and other non-highway vehicles and engines such as construction and agricultural equipment.

"Here in Oregon, we are ready to take the necessary steps to protect our planet from global warming, but the federal government continues sidestep the issue with red tape and bureaucratic delay," said Myers. "Yet again the Bush Administration EPA is ignoring its duty to combat pollution. If we are serious about fighting climate change we must limit emissions from our transportation and commercial sectors."

Under federal law, the EPA is responsible for regulating emissions from a broad range of vehicles and engines including marine vessels, aircraft and construction, industrial and agricultural equipment. California and other states including Oregon have repeatedly submitted formal requests for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from these types of vehicles and engines, but the agency has repeatedly refused to respond.

Today, Oregon, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York jointly wrote the EPA warning that if it does not issue regulations within the next 180 days, they plan to sue the agency under the federal Clean Air Act for unreasonable delay in addressing the issue. In addition, several environmental organizations including the Western Environmental Law Center, Oceana, Earth Justice, Friends of the Earth, the Center for Biological Diversity, International Center for Technology Assessment and the Center for Food Safety also petitioned the EPA today for a response on the issue.

The states' notice of intent to sue the EPA is attached to this release.

Contact:

Jake Weigler, (503) 378-6002
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