Paris Deal May Give EPA Another Source Of GHG Authority

Law360, New York (February 8, 2016, 3:22 PM EST) -- A group of legal scholars says the landmark Paris accord on climate change enhances the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases, citing an oft-ignored provision of the Clean Air Act that allows the agency to regulate pollutants when other countries make similar commitments.

In a paper that’s been widely circulated in the legal community, scholars at three universities argue that the EPA’s difficulty in effectively regulating carbon dioxide across a wide variety of business sectors in the U.S. could be solved if it acted under its authority in Section 115 of the Clean Air Act.

Section 115 addresses...

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