Court Won’t Hear Challenge To Clean Air Act Rule

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    In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal at NRG Energy's W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas. Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever they wish and light up a room by flipping a switch. It’s a never-ending balancing act for government as it tries to protect health and the environment while promoting economic growth and jobs.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal at NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station in Thompsons, Texas. Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever they wish and light up a room by flipping a switch. It’s a never-ending balancing act for government as it tries to protect health and the environment while promoting economic growth and jobs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)


    The Supreme Court won’t hear a challenge to a tough new clean air requirement limiting sulfur dioxide emissions.

    The high court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from businesses and industrial interests involving an Environmental Protection Agency regulation setting emission levels of sulfur dioxide, a colorless gas with the smell of rotting eggs. Sulfur dioxide from power plant smokestacks can be carried long distances by wind and weather and has been linked to various illnesses including asthma.

    Several corporations and industrial associations along with several states say that EPA’s required emission levels are lower than mandated by law to protect public health. But the U.S.Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused to overturn the EPA’s decision.

    The justices refused to reconsider that ruling.


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