The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday granted a summary judgment [opinion text] against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Administrator Scott Pruitt, ordering the agency to comply with a new disclosure deadline after missing the first statutory deadline.
The Clean Air Act [materials] requires the EPA to determine if all counties in the nation are compliant with National Ambient Air Quality Standards [materials]. The EPA submitted area designations for 2,646 out of the 3,007 US counties on November 6, 2017, over a month after the initial deadline. The court ruled that it was unlawful for the EPA to have missed the October 2017 deadline and has ordered the EPA to produce most designations by April 30, 2018. The court further extended the deadline for the San Antonio area, the only region for which the EPA could justify the delay, to July 2018 due to state governmental backups.
16 state attorneys general and a coalition of environmental groups brought the suit against EPA.