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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS says Indiana must comply with pollution limits"

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau reports in a story that begins:

WASHINGTON – Indiana and 27 other states have to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to smog and soot in downwind states, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The court’s 6-2 decision upholds a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 to reduce the cross-state pollution that makes it difficult for some states to meet clean air requirements.

Indiana was among the upwind states and power companies that challenged the rule.

Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the EPA’s approach is a “permissible, workable and equitable interpretation” of the “good neighbor” provision of the Clean Air Act.

The 6-2 decision was Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation. Lyle Denniston's SCOTUSblog opinion analysis is here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 30, 2014 10:24 AM
Posted to Courts in general | Environment