Court Admonishes EPA On Emissions Regulations

Law360, New York (June 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not allowed to create low-risk subcategories of hazardous air pollutants in order to extend deadlines for industrial plants to comply with emission standards, the D.C. Circuit Court said on Tuesday.

The question arose after the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project challenged what it called EPA loopholes that allowed the agency to bypass emissions standards set by Congress.

The groups said that the EPA exceeded its authority by creating a risk-based subcategory for emissions...
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