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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Environment - "Federal Appeals Court upholds Obama EPA rule on toxic air emissions"

James Bruggers reported yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal in a story that began:

There is big news in the air quality world today.

A major piece of the Obama administration's strategy to clean up power plant pollution has survived a critical test by securing a favorable ruling before a federal Appeals Court.

Later in the story:
A number of states including Kentucky joined industry in trying to get the rule overturned. A spokeswoman for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who has been trying to bolster his coal cred in advance of a potential run for governor, said she could not comment while the decision was still under review. Indiana also joined the opposition to the mercury and air toxics rule.
Neela Banerjee of the LA Times had a story headed "Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid," that began:
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the rule regulating power plants "was substantively and procedurally valid," turning aside challenges brought by Republican-led states that had argued it was onerous and environmental groups that had contended it did not go far enough.

This story from Reuters includes the name of the opinion: White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 12-1100.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 16, 2014 09:06 AM
Posted to Environment