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Mon June 24, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Considers Reinstating Regulation To Cut Power Plant Pollution
The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a federal regulation intended to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states - including Ohio.
The court says it will review an appeals court ruling that overturned the Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the EPA exceeded its authority by imposing "massive emissions reduction requirements" on plants in upwind states. The rule - adopted in 2011 - had been scheduled to go into effect last year, but power companies and several states sued to block it. The Obama administration said the appeals court "committed a series of fundamental errors" that would undermine the EPA's enforcement of the Clean Air Act if left alone.