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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Environment - "Indiana challenges to pollution rules go to court"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 8, see also this story from the same day by Maureen Groppe of Gannett's Washington bureau. The long story begins:

WASHINGTON — Challenges by Indiana and other states to major air pollution rules will hit two key courtrooms Tuesday.

The Supreme Court will consider how the federal government can hold states, including Indiana, responsible for reducing pollutants from power plants that contribute to harmful levels of smog and soot in downwind states.

Indiana is among the states and power companies challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed solution.

Indiana is also one of the states contesting new national standards to reduce mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-burning power plants. That case comes before a U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday.

“It’s a very important day for clean air in America,” said Vickie Patton, general counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund, which is among the groups supporting the EPA’s positions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 10, 2013 10:12 AM
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