MONTPELIER, Vt. – New England and five other states, the District of Columbia and New York City have settled lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency after the agency announced a new plan to establish greenhouse gas pollution standards under provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The agreement followed a decision by the Obama administration to move through regulatory channels to clamp down on emissions after Congress failed to act on new legislation.

The groups that sued the EPA had sought to compel it to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions.

The new regulations will focus on coal plants and oil refineries, two of the largest sources of greenhouse gases.

The other states involved in the suit are: California, Delaware, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.