During a Clean Air Act forum convened by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) August 2, state regulators took issue with the Environmental Protection Agency’s history of not acting on state implementation plans within 18 months. Witnesses argued that the agency does not face consequences when it misses deadlines, but states do if they do not submit their plans on time. The agency has been sued for missing deadlines, and has settled suits by agreeing to act under new, court-approved deadlines. The lawsuits, however, prioritize the order the agency will act on its implementation plan backlog, instead of letting states prioritize on which plans to act.