Supreme Court Says EPA Overstepped its Authority

EPA-300The Supreme Court agrees the Obama Administration has over reached its authority with a certain aspect of the new carbon emissions rules put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion that they hold “that EPA exceeded its statutory authority when it interpreted the Clean Air Act to require… permitting for stationary sources based on their greenhouse-gas emissions.”  While the ruling won’t have much impact on the actual emissions rules, it does apply when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution.  Scalia said the EPA is still getting most of what it wants in the new rules.  The EPA has said that their new regulations would force the retirement of 19 percent of the U-S coal plant fleet and cut coal production by up to 28 percent.

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