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For Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Statement from NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Overturning U.S. EPA's Rejection of NYS' Interstate Ozone Petition

Today's federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning U.S. EPA's rejection of New York's interstate ozone petition sends yet another clear message to Trump's EPA-quit being cryptic, stop moving the goal posts, and do your job. New York has some of the nation's most stringent air quality rules to protect our communities and every day we are leading the fight to protect both air quality and combat climate change with historic investments in renewable energy. But we can't stop pollution at our borders. New York's air quality is improving, however, EPA's repeated failure to require upwind states to limit their pollution means our state suffers the consequences. So while EPA keeps rolling back limits on pollution from power plants, cars, and trucks, New York will keep rolling out the nation's strongest program to reduce carbon pollution and safeguard the health of our communities. We thank our strong partners in the New York Attorney General's Office for bringing this petition against EPA.

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