EPA Given Green Light To Limit Power-Plant Gasses

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

EPA Given Green Light To Limit Power-Plant Gasses

June 23, 2014 Updated Jun 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (21Alive) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the E.P.A. can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources.

The decision came with a 7-2 majority which allows for the Environmental Protection Agency to use permitting programs to regulate 83% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

The court did conclude that the EPA exceeded its statutory authority in how it interpreted the Clean Air Act and their rationale for regulating the stationary sources. Critics of the Clean Air Act and today's ruling say that the program is burdensome to businesses and too costly to taxpayers.

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