N.J. opts out of suit over federal delays on ozone regulation

New Jersey has withdrawn from a multistate lawsuit over federal delays in implementing new ozone standards.

More than a dozen states filed the suit in 2008 seeking stricter ozone regulations to improve air quality.

New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel is critical of the Christie administration for not pursuing the legal action. He says the state has some of the worst ozone problems in the nation.

“When there’s high levels of ozone, you feel it when you breathe. When there’s ozone-alert days, people are told to stay indoors. Children aren’t allowed to play in school outside. They cancel playground,” Tittel said. “I think this is very troubling.”

Gov. Chris Chritie’s office says it makes no sense to waste state resources on litigation because President Barack Obama has indicated the EPA will consider tighter ozone standards within two years.

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