Brazilian environmental officials are planning to sue the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a new “green” logo that they say threatens to undermine the agency’s authority.
The move comes after President Dilma Rousseff said the logo was inappropriate, and urged the agency to reconsider the logo’s use.
The agency’s Environmental Protection Office (EPAO) said it would file a complaint with the Federal Court of Justice, accusing the agency of “a systematic violation of its constitutional duties and responsibilities”.
The logo has been used in Brazil for some time and was adopted in October.
It was developed by a design firm, called EZG, which was run by Brazilian designer Rafael Maza.
It’s not the first time the EPAO has tried to challenge the logo.
In March, it filed a lawsuit against the EPA over its use of the term “green economy”.
That case was dismissed, and EPAO president Luis Carlos said it was a case of “the right to be protected against the misuse of public property”.EPAO spokeswoman Isabelle de Souza said in a statement the agency is “seeking an explanation from the US Environmental Protection Administration”.
“The agency has been working with EPAO to find a solution that is in the best interest of the environment and of our citizens, she said.
Brazilian environmental protection officials said the EPA logo “is intended to serve as a reminder that Brazil is a country of environmental protection” and “the agency cannot use the term green economy as an excuse to destroy the rights of Brazilian citizens and citizens’ property”.
Environmentalists in Brazil say the logo is an attempt to undermine its authority to regulate pollution and pollution-causing activities in the country.
They say it will encourage businesses to move away from Brazil’s green economy model.”
This is a big mistake,” environmental lawyer Carlos Senna said.”
They are taking away our sovereignty.
“Rousseff, who has said the new logo is a mistake, has said it violates her constitutional powers to protect national sovereignty and that the EPA should consider the country’s environmental laws.
The EPAO says it has taken legal action against the agency, and has asked the court to issue an order prohibiting it from using the logo for two years.