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Joined by 14 other states and DC, New York challenges EPA's ozone delay

New York has filed a new petition to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's delay of the 2015 ozone standards, adding to a similar challenge filed by environmental and public health groups earlier in July.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joined in a July 31 petition for review of the agency's actions by his colleagues from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia. The petition offers no additional details as to the nature of the complaint, but in a related release, Schneiderman said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to delay the standard "put polluters before the health of the American people."

The challenge stems from a June decision from the EPA to delay the issuance of area designations for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, which were tightened under the Obama administration from 75 parts per billion to 70 ppb.

The petition was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and assigned docket number 17-1185.