9th Circ. Affirms EPA's Calif. Auto Emissions Ruling

Law360, New York (March 30, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected a petition from environmental groups challenging an adequacy finding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on motor vehicle emissions limits for particulate matter in California.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that the EPA did not violate the so-called conformity rule concerning motor vehicle emissions budgets and state transportation projects or breach the implementation rules for the particulate matter at issue, PM2.5.

Petitioners included the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., East Yard...
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