D.C. Circuit Court Hearing on Ozone Designation in Uinta Basin

October 20, 2014

(DENVER) – Oral arguments for challenges to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ozone designations will take place October 21st in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Western Energy Alliance is a defendant-intervenor in a case supporting EPA in its decision to designate the Uinta Basin, Utah as unclassifiable for ozone. Plaintiffs WildEarth Guardians et. al. are asking EPA to violate the Clean Air Act (CAA), arguing that unreliable monitoring data should be used when designating areas for National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

“WildEarth Guardians and the co-plaintiffs are attempting to force EPA to make an ozone non-attainment designation based on monitoring data that do not meet Clean Air Act standards,” said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs. “Western Energy Alliance has intervened in the case to support the actions of EPA and the State of Utah in their use of quality-assured data in making ozone designation decisions.

“In an attempt to stop oil and natural gas development, they foolishly ask for a precedent to throw out CAA requirements and allow the use of poor quality data. If that precedent were set, EPA in the future could use similarly unreliable data to come to conclusions opposite to the plaintiffs’ interests.

“The Alliance has played a pivotal role in supporting scientific study of ozone in the Uinta Basin for over three years. Alliance members have funded monitoring to help collect good data so that regulators can address ozone in an effective way that protects public health while supporting local economic growth,” concluded Sgamma.

Western Energy Alliance will be available for questions prior to and after the hearing, but will not be present at the D.C. Circuit Court.

What:     Oral arguments on Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality v. EPA and Gina McCarthy

When:     October 21, 2014
                 9:30 a.m. ET

Where:     U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
                   E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse and William B. Bryant Annex
                   333 Constitution Ave., NW
                   Washington, DC 20001

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