Drawing The Line: Preemption Of State Enviro Regulation

Law360, New York (July 15, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT) -- The last piece of major environmental legislation enacted in the U.S. was the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and over the past two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been viewed as acting slowly on adopting aggressive new environmental regulations. In light of this perceived inaction at the federal level, states and local governments have taken an increasingly active role in enacting programs aimed at addressing environmental concerns such as climate change and clean air.

Often, however, states and localities must contend with federal...
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