EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule UpheldEnvironmental Training Resource
August 21, 2012 — 1,016 views
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at setting limits on industrial and automotive greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Huffington Post.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had instituted new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial manufacturing facilities. Other sources of heat-trapping gases, such as automobile tailpipes, were targeted as well. Industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several states with considerable manufacturing economies like Texas and Virginia, challenged the ruling, leading to the appeal that was eventually upheld. All told, more than 60 lawsuits were initially filed against the Agency's ruling.
"This is a huge victory for our children's future," David Doniger, senior attorney for the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Bloomberg. "These rulings clear the way for EPA to keep moving forward under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon pollution from motor vehicles, new power plants and other big industrial sources."
While environmentalists have celebrated the upholding of the ruling, industry groups have pledged to continue fighting to challenge the law. Critics and opponents of the Greenhouse Gas Rule were considering petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court.