Speaking of North Dakota, the state’s efforts to sabotage EPA’s clean air plan just got derailed in federal court today.
After EPA failed to meet its deadline to ensure North Dakota had a legally adequate clean air plan in place, WildEarth Guardians filed suit to enforce the Clean Air Act. Ultimately, we reached a settlement that committed the EPA to taking action to adopt a clean air plan by late January 2012.
Earlier this month, the EPA proposed that clean air plan, promising major pollution cuts from several coal-fired power plants.
Not happy that the EPA was doing its job, North Dakota intervened in the lawsuit and tried to get it dismissed. In a terse ruling today, Judge Christine Arguello approved the settlement and dismissed North Dakota’s efforts to undermine the EPA.
It’s good news for clean air and clean energy in North Dakota.