Eleven states and environmental groups sue EPA over lax smog standards.

Eleven states and several health and environmental organizations filed two separate lawsuits yesterday arguing that the “Environmental Protection Agency ignored the recommendation of a key advisory panel of scientists” and issued smog standards that were far weaker than the EPA scientists and health experts had recommended:

“EPA officials ignored the advice of their own scientists when they chose these deficient standards, but they can’t ignore the law,” said Earthjustice attorney David Baron…“The Clean Air Act requires EPA to adopt standards strong enough to protect our lungs and our environment. We’re fighting to make sure that happens. Stronger standards could save thousands of lives, by some estimates.”