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Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Challenging Mercury Laws May Be Next On The President’s Environmental Agenda

Now that the Trump administration has signaled it will try and rollback regulations tied carbon, methane and volatile organic compounds, it may soon turn its attention to most insidious pollutant of them all: mercury.

Supreme Court’s Mercury Decision Spells Further Trouble for Coal

For the second time in just a few weeks, the coal-consuming-and-producing states have tried for a Hail Mary — to get the US Supreme Court to delay the implementation of EPA rules. This time: the mercury rule, which had previously been kicked back down to the federal district court in … Read more »

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Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Block Air Pollution Rule

Chief Justice John Roberts today denied an attempt to block, or “stay,” a contentious air pollution rule for power plants. Roberts’s order represents a big win for the Obama administration’s climate agenda. Last year the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards is illegal, sending … Read more »

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Supreme Court Blocks Clean Power Plan

The US Supreme Court yesterday delivered a major blow to President Obama’s climate change policy by temporarily halting the implementation of the Clean Power Plan while an appeals court considers a legal challenge to the rule that aims to regulate coal-burning power plant emissions. The Clean Power Plan requires existing … Read more »

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Mercury Pollution Rule

The US Supreme Court struck down the EPA’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, … Read more »

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Upheld

The US Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires fuel producers to reduce the “carbon intensity” of their products by 10 percent by 2020. In its Monday decision, the high court let stand a 2013 decision by the 9th US … Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Factory GHG Emissions Limits

The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the EPA reasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act to require large industrial facilities and power plants to limit their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses if they are also required to obtain permits due to their emissions of other dangerous air … Read more »

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Upheld

The US Supreme Court yesterday upheld an air pollution rule intended to reduce the amount of coal plant emissions that cross state lines. In a 6-2 decision, the court backed the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), adopted by the EPA in 2011, which set limits on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Refuses Coal Appeal, Phillips 66 Fined, Anadarko Wins

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Mingo Logan, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, which had challenged the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, the Hill reports. EPA blocked the mine in 2011, four years after the project won its mineral-dumping permit from the Army … Read more »

Supreme Court Judges Question EPA’s GHG Justification

Supreme Court swing judge Anthony Kennedy (pictured) joined the four conservative justices to voice skepticism of the EPA’s arguments in its greenhouse gas regulation case. “I couldn’t find a single precedent that supports [EPA’s] position,” Kennedy told solicitor general Donald Verrilli Jr. during oral arguments in the case on Monday. News sources including … Read more »

Supreme Court Considers Narrow GHG Case

The Supreme Court today begins considering a narrow case that is unlikely to impinge much on the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon, according to observers on both sides of the regulatory debate. At issue: whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Hearing, Oil Train Safety, GHG Reporting Rule

The Obama administration’s climate agenda faces its first Supreme Court test today, Reuters reports. The court will consider whether the EPA’s regulation of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions automatically triggers a requirement that large stationary sources such as power plants also control their emissions, Dorsey & Whitney partner and former Department of … Read more »