Lawsuit: EPA has dragged feet on oil spill dispersant rules

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FILE – In this Wednesday, May 5, 2010 file photo, oil dispersant and a sheen are seen on the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are asking a federal court to make the Environmental Protection Agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants, citing worries about the chemicals’ health and environmental effects. (Matt Stamey/The Houma Daily Courier via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, asking a federal court to make the agency set new rules for use of oil spill dispersants.

The lawsuit filed Thursday also asks the federal court in Washington, D.C., to rule that the agency has violated federal law by dragging its heels.

The group notified EPA in March and again in September that it would sue if rules were not completed within 60 days.

Proposed rules were made public in 2015, and EPA received 81,000 comments about them. The lawsuit says the agency didn’t move beyond that.

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