Forging Ahead With State, Local Climate Legislation

Law360, New York (September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Since the early 1970s, when Congress enacted national legislation for air quality, water quality, and solid and hazardous waste, the states have played a significant role in implementing federally mandated standards. In the context of the Clean Air Act, historically, state and local governments have had the authority to issue more stringent air emission regulations than the federal government in an effort to prevent local “hot spots.”

The federal government has yet to enact a comprehensive climate change scheme i.e, requirements to reduce the emission of...
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