August 5th, 2022

AG Nessel along with 7 other attorney generals wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator to encourage the EPA to consider establishing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for greenhouse gas emissions. This comes as a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (West Virginia v. EPA) which limited the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. This plan would require each state to create a climate action plan specific to their state’s needs. 

The letter emphasized the EPA’s responsibility to identify concentrations of pollutants that are harmful to public health and welfare, as outlined in the NAAQS provisions of the Clean Air Act. The letter went on to explain how limiting greenhouse gas emissions is directly related to slowing a dangerous rise in average global temperature.