Fifteen attorneys general, along with the city of Chicago, have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Scott Pruitt for failing to follow the Clean Air Act.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, accusing Pruitt and the EPA of failing to control methane and other greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement.
"Over and over again, the Trump administration has put polluters before the health and safety of New Yorkers," Schneiderman said. "The EPA has a clear legal duty to control methane pollution from oil and gas operations, one its largest sources. Its continued refusal to do so is not only illegal, but threatens our public health and environment, and squanders savings of over $100 million annually. Our coalition has made clear: when the Trump administration thumbs their nose at the law and endangers New Yorkers, we'll see them in court."
Attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, and the City of Chicago joined Schneiderman in the suit.
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