U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review USEPA Greenhouse Gas Permitting
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 agreed to hear the challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations concerning greenhouse gases. Petitioners, to include industry groups and various states, expressed concern about the merits of the EPA decision to regulate mobile and stationary sources for greenhouse gases. Six of the petitions were accepted as follows: Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 12-1146; American Chemistry Council v. EPA, 12-1248; Energy-Intensive Manufacturers v. EPA, 12-1254; Southeastern Legal Foundation v. EPA, 12-1268; Texas v. EPA, 12-1269; and Chamber of Commerce v. EPA, 12-1272.
The issue the Court will hear concerns the EPA determination “that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouses gases.” The Supreme Court review follows a United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling of last year that rejected the challenges.