Supreme Court Votes “Yes” for EPA Authority

The Supreme Court’s support of the EPA’s authority to regulate smog from coal plants is a multiple “yes” vote. It’s an environmental victory for cleaner air, in the Midwest where the pollution originates, and in East Coast states, which get the pollution downwind. Soot and smog produced by coal plants have been linked to asthma, lung disease, and premature death. It also marks a strategic confirmation of the Agency’s practice to use the Clean Air Act to fight climate change. Coal plants are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Watch for the EPA’s proposal, coming in June, to propose a new regulation under the Act to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. And watch for yet another legal challenge to its authority to do so.

John Howell, Editorial Director