SALT LAKE CITY -- Clean-air advocates say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect residents in oil and gas country of eastern Utah from industrial emissions.
The groups are asking a federal appeals court in Washington D.C., to force the EPA to declare the Uinta Basin out of compliance with federal clean-air standards. That would force Utah to do something to cut emissions.
Earthjustice filed the petition Tuesday on behalf of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and WildEarth Guardians.
An industry-sponsored study released in February found that oil and gas operations and a coal-fired power plant in the region around Vernal are responsible for almost all of the basin's pollution from smog and ozone.