TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to set deadlines for limiting haze-causing air pollution from aging power plants and factories in Florida.
Earthjustice said Monday the agreement would settle a lawsuit the legal organization filed for several environmental groups including the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.
It is subject to approval by a federal court in Washington, D.C. It requires EPA to finalize cleanup steps in two phases with the last due July 15, 2013.
EPA settled similar complaints involving 42 other states earlier this year but excluded Florida after the state objected.
The federal Clean Air Act required states to adopt plans for curbing haze in national parks, wilderness areas and wildlife refuges by December 2007.
Florida missed that deadline and still doesn't have a plan.