US environmentalists sue EPA over method used to measure emissions

02 May 2013 16:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US environmental groups sued a US regulator, accusing it of using outdated and inaccurate formulas to measure air pollution emitted from the nation's refineries and chemical plants, they said on Thursday.

The groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in US District Court, District of Columbia.

The lawsuit seeks to force the EPA to review its formulas, which the groups allege grossly underestimate the amount of pollution emitted from the plants. The actual amount of toxic emissions is 10-100 times higher than the estimates produced by the EPA, the groups alleged.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The groups that filed the lawsuit are Air Alliance Houston; Community In-Power and Development Association (CIDA); Louisiana Bucket Brigade; and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS).

By: Al Greenwood
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