Monday, July 3, 2017
Pruitt's EPA plan to ease methane releases gets shut down by DC Court
In another set-back to Scott Pruitt's EPA, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 in favor of a lawsuit filed by the National Resources Defense Council and other agencies concerned with global and atmospheric pollution. The EPA issued a "stay" of federal standards to reduce leaks of methane as well as other air pollutants from oil and gas wells and facilities.
Like the issue with the mercury releases, the stay was issued without any advance public notice, nor any opportunity for public comment, as required by law. He also proposed to extend the stay for two years. Methane and the other air pollutants can produce smog, cause cancer and can trigger asthma attacks.
The Clean Air Council, Earthworks, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club joined NRDC in bringing the lawsuit against the EPA.
What justification could Pruitt have for suspending these poisons? Oh, right.