EPA wins historic victory on emissions regulations

by BusinessGreen staff
Business Green
June 26, 2012

A federal appeals court today upheld legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and vehicles in what was hailed as a “huge victory” for green groups and the Obama administration.

A three judge panel unanimously upheld the view put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health that can be regulated under the existing Clean Air Act…

The move seems to leave the way clear for the EPA to complete the first national limits on carbon pollution from new power plants that were proposed in March, and finalise the second round of clean car standards later this summer that will cut new cars’ carbon pollution in half and double their fuel efficiency to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

In a statement, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), called the ruling “a resounding victory for science, the rule of law, and common sense”.

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