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NY joins 13-state ‘global warming’ coalition

NEW YORK - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a 13-state coalition has filed a motion in Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals defending a new environmental regulation limiting greenhouse gases.

Starting in January 2011, pollution control requirements under the federal Clean Air Act will apply for the first time to new or modified facilities that emit global warming pollution. A new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focuses these requirements on the largest facilities, such as power plants, cement kilns, and oil refineries.  These large facilities account for 70 percent of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources.

In response, interest groups representing some of these large polluters have sued the EPA to overturn the rule. The 13-state coalition has filed a motion to intervene to defend the EPA and oppose the lawsuits brought by the industry groups.

“New York is leading a coalition of states from around the country to defend common-sense regulations that will protect our country’s health and well-being from global warming pollution,” said Attorney General Cuomo.

The states joining New York in the motion are the neighboring states of Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, along with California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island.