EPA Emissions Goals Remain Viable Despite High Court Loss

Law360, New York (June 23, 2014, 7:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by ruling on Monday that its carbon emissions policy violates the Clean Air Act, but it may be only a flesh wound. Experts say the decision still allows the EPA to require comparable greenhouse gas emissions reductions through an alternative permitting program.

The EPA lost its bid to preserve its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permits, an approach that would have ultimately included tens of thousands of facilities that would otherwise be left untouched by the agency.

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