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The Biggest Environmental Decisions In 2015

Law360, New York (December 4, 2015, 1:44 PM EST) -- Several decisions in high-profile environmental lawsuits sent shockwaves through the legal community this year, from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling smacking down mercury emissions regulations to dueling circuit court rulings about the federal government’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

Here are the biggest environmental decisions of 2015:

Michigan v. EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court in June nixed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, saying in a 5-4 decision that it should have considered the rule’s billion-dollar compliance costs first.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that even under...

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