News Advisory: Brown To Take Legal Action Against EPA Over Supreme Court Decision

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

LOS ANGELES--Tomorrow, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will take legal action to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to obey last year’s Supreme Court decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, which affirmed that greenhouse gas emissions are pollutants subject to regulation.

After the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision--exactly one year ago on April 2, 2007--the EPA promised to begin regulating greenhouse gases by issuing an official determination that such pollutants endanger public health or welfare.

The EPA said it would issue the determination of endangerment by the end of 2007 but then broke its promise last week by extending the time period another twelve months until President Bush is out of office.

A recent investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform exposed the fact that the EPA already completed its endangerment determination--including an extensive scientific review document--but is refusing to release the final document.

On a conference call tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Attorney General Brown will assert that the EPA’s willful rejection of the Supreme Court’s instruction is “outrageous and unlawful.” Brown will join dozens of states and national environmental groups in taking legal action to stop the EPA from continuing to ignore the Supreme Court.

WHAT:
Press conference call announcing new legal action in the Supreme Court case, Massachusetts v. EPA

WHO:
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office Chief of Environmental Protection James Milkey
Sierra Club Chief Climate Counsel David Bookbinder
International Center for Technology Assessment Legal Director Joe Mendelson

WHEN:
10:00 a.m. Pacific Wednesday April 2, 2008

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