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Court Tosses Challenge to EPA Air Policy in National Parks (3)

April 7, 2020, 2:40 PMUpdated: April 7, 2020, 8:08 PM

A federal appeals court dismissed a challenge Tuesday against an EPA guidance that critics say could degrade air quality in national parks and wilderness areas.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the guidance was not a final agency action and therefore not subject to review.

The court’s decision allows the agency’s 2018 guidance to stand that has the potential to cause haze- and smog forming pollution to increase in areas like national parks.

“Just because an agency action may have national applicability does not mean it is final...

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