DC Circ. Impels EPA To Set New Soot Standards

Law360, New York (February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Bush administration air quality standards for fine particulate matter were in many ways contrary to the law and unsupported by adequately reasoned decision-making.

In handing a victory to a coalition of states, environmental groups and the American Lung Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Bush relied exclusively on studies of long-term exposure without explaining why studies of short-term exposure were not relevant.

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