States sue govt. over new smog rules

May 27, 2008 5:21:04 PM PDT
Several states -- including New Jersey -- are suing to overturn federal ozone standards, which they deem too weak. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced the federal lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It says the EPA's new smog-control standards are not stringent enough to protect the elderly, children and people with respiratory problems.

The states' lawsuit comes on the same day that several health and environmental organizations filed a parallel suit.

Connecticut is being joined in the suit by California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, the city of New York and Pennsylvania's department of environmental protection.