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California attorney general to sue EPA

July 31, 2008 |  6:09 pm


The region's bustling ports have become a favored backdrop for environmental announcements, and that's not lost on California Atty. Gen. Edmund G. Brown Jr., who stood before the gantry cranes and containers Thursday and threw jabs at the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Brown officially started the clock ticking toward the filing of a suit against the agency for not regulating greenhouse gases emitted by ships, trucks and other equipment at the port:

"Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and cause massive greenhouse gas pollution. ... Because Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly disregard its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action.”

The EPA has put off action to regulate greenhouse gases, and last month announced it was soliciting comments on ways to approach the issue.

It's been a bad week for the agency, and some might say a bad seven months or so, since it rejected California's attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has publicly accused EPA Director Stephen Johnson of deceiving and obfuscating on global warming issues and other matters, and joined with three other senators this week to demand his resignation.

-- Geoffrey Mohan

Photo: Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times