IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTASOUTHWESTERN DIVISION
States of North Dakota, South Dakota,) Nevada, and Texas,))Plaintiffs,)
MOTION TO HOLD CASE IN
)Regina McCarthy, in her official capacity as)as Administrator of the United States)Environmental Protection Agency,)Case No. 1:13-cv-109)Defendant.) ______________________________________________________________________________ Before the Court is Defendant Regina McCarthy, Administrator of the United StatesEnvironmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), motion to hold the case in abeyance, filed on February14, 2014. See Docket No. 19. Plaintiffs North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada, and Texas filed responses in opposition to the motion on March 21, 2014. See Docket Nos. 22 and 23. ThePlaintiffs filed an amended response on April 4, 2014. See Docket No. 25. The EPA filed a reply brief on April 4, 2013. See Docket No. 26. For the reasons explained below, the motion is granted.
This case concerns claims by the Plaintiffs that the EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionaryaction under the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7401 et. seq. Specifically, the Plaintiffs allegethe EPA has failed to designate areas of the country as attaining, not attaining, or unclassifiableunder the revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (“NAAQS”) for sulfur dioxide (“SO
”)as required by Section § 7407(d)(1)(B) of the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act’s citizen suit provision allows any person to sue in district court to compel the EPA’s Administrator to perform
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