Rutledge Joins Challenge to the EPA’s Ozone Rule
October 28, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that will lower the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion.
“The current standard of 75 parts per billion was set in 2008 and continues to be protective of human health and the environment,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Lowering the standard would have a detrimental effect on future economic growth in States like Arkansas and others across the country. I am proud to join with other attorneys general to protect our States from the financial strain of this new rule.”
In March, Attorney General Rutledge joined with 13 other States in submitting comments in a letter to the EPA explaining the harmful, negative impact the rule would have on States across the country. Attorney General Rutledge also filed her own comment letter criticizing the proposed rule.
Rutledge pointed out in the letter that while the Clean Air Act does require the EPA to review the standards every five years, the law does not require the standard be lowered every time it is reviewed.
“So long as the standard is protective of human health and the environment, it can remain unchanged,” Attorney General Rutledge wrote.
Arkansas has joined Arizona, North Dakota, Oklahoma and the New Mexico Environmental Department in this lawsuit.