Court Smacks Down Major Air Pollution LawBy Steve Casimiro on August 22nd, 2012
A federal court in Washington, D.C., yesterday handed the Environmental Protection Agency a huge defeat, striking down an EPA rule that demanded cuts in soot- and smog-forming power plant emissions that cross state lines. Republican lawmakers and energy industry reps are rejoicing, while those who actually breathe polluted air should be dismayed. EPA can force states that send pollution downwind to other states to reduce their emissions, but the appeals court said the agency exceeded its authority. What’s at stake? EPA said its policy would prevent as many as 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks and 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis each year. Via The Hill.
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