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States: California fights EPA’s SIP threat by putting onus on agency

October 10, 2019
California is fighting EPA’s threat to withhold federal highway funds from the state unless it acts quickly to submit “approvable” state implementation plans (SIPs) for attaining agency air standards, claiming the onus is on EPA to review a backlog of submitted SIPs and to approve stricter federal air rules that will ensure the SIPs succeed. The “SIP backlog discussed in your letter consists of SIPs awaiting action by Regional U.S. EPA staff, and the multi-year delays in acting on California’s...

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