Supreme Court: San Joaquin Valley must redo climate control plan

State and local air pollution districts in the San Joaquin Valley must come up with a new plan to meet ozone emission standards after a federal appeals court ruled that the data used to determine its current plan was out of date.

San Joaquin’s plan was concocted in 2004 and was made to meet federal standards for the maximum amount of smog a place can have in one hour. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the plan in March 2010, eight months before the Clean Air Act’s November 2010 deadline.

Earthjustice, a national group that provides legal representation for environmental issues, promptly sued the EPA. They argued that the plan and emission projections didn’t match reality, and that the reality was something the EPA should have known about for years.

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