Bloomberg Law
May 25, 2023, 6:26 PMUpdated: May 25, 2023, 8:24 PM

Louisiana Claims EPA ‘Fixated on Race’ in Permit Decisions (1)

Samantha Hawkins
Samantha Hawkins
Legal Reporter

US Environmental Protection Agency officials have lost sight of their environmental mission and “instead decided to moonlight as social justice warriors fixated on race,” Louisiana alleged in a federal lawsuit.

The agency is imposing its “amorphous vision of ‘justice’ upon the American public,” according to the complaint, which appears to be the first of its kind.

The suit challenges what Louisiana claims are “fundamental transgressions” of the US Constitution, Clean Air Act, and Civil Rights Act. The state says that the EPA imposes disparate-impact-based and extraregulatory requirements for CAA permits for certain facilities, like those in St. John Parish, because ...

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