DC Circ. Upholds EPA's Emission Rules For PVC Producers

Law360, New York (May 29, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit upheld much of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations limiting toxic emissions from PVC production Friday, rejecting industry arguments that the rule was unreasonable or beyond the agency’s authority.

The 2012 rule requires all existing and new PVC plants to reduce emissions of pollutants including dioxin, vinyl chloride and hydrogen chloride. The previous rule had set emission limits only for vinyl chloride, sparking a legal challenge by environmental groups. Industry groups sought to roll back to the new regulations, but the D.C. Circuit said some of their arguments weren’t appropriately raised and others failed on the merits....

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