Let's see..the EPA, before Bush, never refused to allow Cali to have stricter air standards. Suddenly BushCo says no way, no how..
So today Cali filed the lawsuit and the 15 states also affected by the BushCo bullshit ruling by the EPA signed on too.
From the LAT writeup:
The lawsuit, filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, challenges the Environmental Protection Agency's Dec. 19 decision to deny California a waiver to pass its own tailpipe rules, which is permitted under the 1970 Clean Air Act. When it comes to air pollution, the act allows states to follow California rules or federal rules, so long as the federal government grants California a waiver.
50 waivers for stricter standards have been approved before BushCo..there is plenty of precedence...plenty. Besides we have the shittiest air in the U.S..
The 15 states joining California in today's suit: Massachusetts, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
FindLaw has the court doc's here.