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Eight states sue environmental agency over upwind air pollution

ALBANY, N.Y. — The attorneys general in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution that blows in from upwind states.

New York Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who is the leading attorney general in the lawsuit, said that the suit was filed on Tuesday in a federal Appeals Court in the District of Columbia, and that its purpose is to force the administration of President Trump to take action to ensure that upwind states do better at controlling the pollution that they produce.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont also are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit stems from the EPA’s denial of a petition that some of those states had filed in 2013 under the Clean Air Act to get the agency to add nine co-called upwind states to a group that must work together to reduce smog pollution.

An EPA spokeswoman said that the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.