Maryland plans lawsuit against EPA under Clean Air Act

By BRIAN WITTE Markets Associated Press

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act.

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Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

Grumbles says Maryland petitioned the EPA for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting the state's air quality. He says the EPA has not taken action on the state's petition as required.

Maryland first sent the petition in November. In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to act, setting a July 15 deadline that has expired without EPA action.