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Group announces intent to sue EPA over particulate

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 11:44 am •  Published: January 10, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group has given formal notice it intends to sue the federal government over the failure to enforce laws on particulate pollution in Alaska, Washington, Iowa and Puerto Rico.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday gave required notice that it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to develop air quality plans that would reduce dangerous fine soot from coal-fired power plants and other sources.

The group claims EPA failed to develop air quality plans for the states and Puerto Rico more than seven years after air quality standards were set.

In Alaska, residential wood burning in Fairbanks has contributed to an ongoing failure to meet standards for particulate.

The center in November sued EPA for failing to adopt standards to limit particulate in five other states.