D.C. Court of Appeals Vacates Clean Air Interestate Rule

8 08 2008

In North Carolina v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1244, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated EPA’s Clean Air Interstate Rule, finding “more than several fatal flaws.” The rule was to use an emissions trading plan to reduce ozone and fine particle pollution from power plants that is transported across state boundaries and was to help so-called downwind states attain EPA air quality standards for ozone and fine particles. The D.C. Circuit struck down the agency’s method for allocating emissions allowances for upwind states and its interpretation of protections for downwind states, leading the judges to vacate the entire rule.

 

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