Louisiana challenges EPA rule cutting ozone-forming pollution across state lines


Louisiana has joined Texas in asking a federal appeals court to throw out a new Environmental Protection Agency plan implementing its own rules to cut ozone-causing air pollution in the state that is drifting across state lines, reports NOLA.com.

The revised EPA “Good Neighbor Plan” filed in the Federal Register on March 15 is aimed at reducing emissions in 23 states that cross state lines and contribute to the formation of smog, that brown haze in the air that includes ozone-causing chemicals and smoke.

Part of the plan rejects an implementation strategy filed by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in 2019. EPA says the cost of achieving the expected reduction in all the states would total about $1.1 billion by 2026. Read the entire story.