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Louisiana Groups Ask EPA to Revoke State Authority on Clean Air

12:11 PM MDT | May 21, 2012 | Kara Sissell

Several Louisiana environmental groups have filed a petition with EPA asking that the federal government revoke state environmental officials’ authority to administer clean air laws.  The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (LDEQ; Baton Rouge) response to accidents involving several chemical companies, as well as its response rate to citizen complaints about air pollution, endangers local residents, the petition says. Federal law gives EPA the authority to, in certain cases, take over for local environmental officials. The...


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