Supreme Court Strikes Down Mercury Pollution Rule
The US Supreme Court struck down the EPAâ€™s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the agency failed to take into account the costs the rule would impose on utilities.
Industry groups said the pollution regulation would costs $9.6 billion annually.
The National Mining Association, which, along with the Utility Air Regulatory Group and 21 states appealed that ruling, praised the courtâ€™s decision, issued yesterday, calling it a â€śvindication of common sense.â€ť
â€śThe decision effectively puts EPA on notice: reckless rulemaking that ignores the cost to consumers is unreasonable and wonâ€™t be tolerated,â€ť NMA president and CEO Hal Quinn said. â€śIt recognizes what the administration has ignored: that every regulatory benefit comes with a cost, and the value of that benefit cannot be known unless its costs are considered.â€ť
The EPA initially issued the standards in late 2011 and said they would cut mercury pollution by 90 percent. In 2012, the agency agreed to review those limits after a challenge by industry before finalizing the pollution regulations a year later.
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