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Court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution

Reuters -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its mandate with the rule, which was to limit sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 28 mostly Eastern states and Texas.

In the latest setback for the EPA, the court sent the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule back for revision, telling the agency to administer its existing Clean Air Interstate Rule in the interim.

"The Obama-EPA continues to demonstrate that it will stop at nothing in its determination to kill coal," said Republican Senator James Inhofe, one of the Senate's most vocal EPA opponents. "With so much economic pain in store, it is fortunate that EPA was sent back to the drawing board."

Coal company stocks... soared. Peabody Energy


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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 4:32:01 AM

interesting comments.
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below the belt ?
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nsdp from San Antonio posted...

"Interesting that this court said to do what a different panel from the DC circuit said NOT to do in North Carolina vs EPA. NC vs EPA was the prior appeal of this set of rules. Since a second panel of a Circuit Court Of Appeals cannot over rule or veto a prior panel "Stare Decisis" when the case has previously been denied review by the Supreme Court, today's decision means only that the matter will be referred to an "En Banc" hearing by the DC Circuit. The order denying Cert in NC Vs EPA gives the first opinion and advantage since the Supreme Court saw nothing wrong with the first decision. It was also a unanimous decision while this one is a split decision. So we basically have 4 judges voting against today's decision and only two voting for it. Of the five remaining Circuit judges, four are either Clinton or Obama appointments. I really doubt that today's decision will survive given the odds against it. Unlike the NC panel which issued a mandate (court order) which EPA must obey, today's court cannot issue a mandate due to the split decision and the prior ruling contrary.

Our level of literacy continues to decline."

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The true irony in this, is that it was the State of Massachusetts that was the intervenor...

To piggy-back on what nsdp posted.

First, this will be over-turned.

Additional reasons "Why"?

Because it was the prior Supreme Court ruling in 2007 that REQUIRED the EPA to enforce "pollutants" the Clean Air Act.

In its prior ruling, the Supreme Court directed the EPA to enforce pollution standards under the Clean Air Act by identifying whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are pollutants, as well as to set standards according to the Act. The NAS and NIH have both identified sulfur dioxide and Nitrous oxide as pollutants - sulfur dioxide contributing to acid rain and Nitrous oxide to ozone/smog pollution.

Second, this Appeallate ruling does not affect the "MATS for power plants" emissions standards, that also covers arsenic, mercury, and Carbon Dioxide emissions. This is largely a matter of semantics by the coal and power utilities industries.

Realize that the EPA only wrote the emissions standards. Determinations of pollutants and toxicity information came from research by the NAS (National Academy of Sciences) and NIH (National Institutes of Health). The EPA used peer review literature in determining which emissions particulates were hazardous to human health, and thus defined as "pollutants", as well as at what levels the pollutants constitute a public health hazard. It then set emissions standards in accordance with those findings.

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MASSACHUSETTS et al. v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY et al.

"Based on respected scientific opinion that a well-documented rise in global temperatures and attendant climatological and environmental changes have resulted from a significant increase in the atmospheric concentration of “greenhouse gases,” a group of private organizations petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin regulating the emissions of four such gases, including carbon dioxide, under §202(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act, which requires that the EPA “shall by regulation prescribe ... standards applicable to the emission of any air pollutant from any class... of new motor vehicles... which in [the EPA Administrator’s] judgment cause[s], or contribute[s] to, air pollution ... reasonably ... anticipated to endanger public health or welfare,” 42 U. S. C. §7521(a)(1). The Act defines “air pollutant” to include “any air pollution agent ... , including any physical, chemical ... substance ... emitted into ... the ambient air.” §7602(g). EPA ultimately denied the petition, reasoning that (1) the Act does not authorize it to issue mandatory regulations to address global climate change, and (2) even if it had the authority to set greenhouse gas emission standards, it would have been unwise to do so at that time because a causal link between greenhouse gases and the increase in global surface air temperatures was not unequivocally established. The agency further characterized any EPA regulation of motor-vehicle emissions as a piecemeal approach to climate change that would conflict with the President’s comprehensive approach involving additional support for technological innovation, the creation of nonregulatory programs to encourage voluntary private-sector reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and further research on climate change, and might hamper the President’s ability to persuade key developing nations to reduce emissions.

Petitioners, now joined by intervenor Massachusetts and other state and local governments, sought review in the D. C. Circuit. Although each of the three judges on the panel wrote separately, two of them agreed that the EPA Administrator properly exercised his discretion in denying the rulemaking petition. One judge concluded that the Administrator’s exercise of “judgment” as to whether a pollutant could “reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare,” §7521(a)(1), could be based on scientific uncertainty as well as other factors, including the concern that unilateral U. S. regulation of motor-vehicle emissions could weaken efforts to reduce other countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. The second judge opined that petitioners had failed to demonstrate the particularized injury to them that is necessary to establish standing under Article III, but accepted the contrary view as the law of the case and joined the judgment on the merits as the closest to that which he preferred. The court therefore denied review...."

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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:36:01 PM

President Richard Nixon transmitted Reorganization Plan No. 3 to the United States Congress by executive order and creating the EPA. The order of the wording is the key.
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If you've not dealt with drpeppertx before, he is an ardent supporter of revisionist history...

Practices it every day!

[Edited by: Martinman at 8/24/2012 12:06:37 AM EST]
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already commented about this, I unlike our repeating Gas Buddy, will not repeat myself.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 12:04:27 PM

drpepperTX - "EPA was created by Executive Order in 1970. Executive order power is only granted to the Executive Branch of government."

The executive order was a reorganization plan that was submitted to Congress in accordance with chapter 9 of Title 5 USC and ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate.
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:06:14 AM

EPA was created by Executive Order in 1970. Executive order power is only granted to the Executive Branch of government.

[Edited by: drpepperTX at 8/23/2012 9:10:25 AM EST]
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Interesting...
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good
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SammyAdams - "The EPA is a lawless agency out of control and with hardly any accountability. It was created by Executive Order (Similar to a mandate by a dictator) and should be abolished altogether."

Actually, it was created with the consent and authorization of Congress and it enforces laws passed by Congress.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 10:31:24 PM

Great ruling!
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:16:53 PM

The EPA is a lawless agency out of control and with hardly any accountability. It was created by Executive Order (Similar to a mandate by a dictator) and should be abolished altogether. We do not need an opinion from the Courts at any level. Congress just needs to A-B-O-L-I-S-H this unconstitutional agency.
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Great ruling!
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OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!! Now, defund and ban the EPA!
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Epa overreached? Shocking
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It would be quite appropriate and indeed a wonderful event for the this country and its economy if all EPA rulings since 1990 were repealed.
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When is the EPA itself going to be struck down?
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tubular
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Never a dull moment.
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Keep the skies blue not brown
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cheeper coal to export to india
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Ok
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Two things we really need to get rid of soon (November). Obama-EPA
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About time somebody did something.
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Hopefully we can change presidents in January too.
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Well, at least one judge had the balls to tell Obama to pound sand. Chief Justice Roberts should take lessons.
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And people still want him for 4 more years, really?
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Alright
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bout time
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About time the brakes be put on the E.P.A.
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There's a sane court in the land!
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EPA is too big for its britches.
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EPA is one gov't entity that I wouldn't miss...plus ousting them will save taxpayers lots of $$$$$
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why is it referred to as the Obama EPA - started by Nixon
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Blah Blah Blah
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The EPA has exceeded its mandate in many areas.
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I guess its back to the drawing board... there will still have to be some changes, its inevitable!
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As nspd said, "Our level of literacy continues to decline."
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wayoung56, interesting for the number of mistakes in it.
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EPA without controls...what a monster
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Interesting article...
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Interesting that this court said to do what a different panel from the DC circuit said NOT to do in North Carolina vs EPA. NC vs EPA was the prior appeal of this set of rules. Since a second panel of a Circuit Court Of Appeals cannot over rule or veto a prior panel "Stare Decisis" when the case has previously been denied review by the Supreme Court, today's decision means only that the matter will be referred to an "En Banc" hearing by the DC Circuit. The order denying Cert in NC Vs EPA gives the first opinion and advantage since the Supreme Court saw nothing wrong with the first decision. It was also a unanimous decision while this one is a split decision. So we basically have 4 judges voting against today's decision and only two voting for it. Of the five remaining Circuit judges, four are either Clinton or Obama appointments. I really doubt that today's decision will survive given the odds against it. Unlike the NC panel which issued a mandate (court order) which EPA must obey, today's court cannot issue a mandate due to the split decision and the prior ruling contrary.

Our level of literacy continues to decline.

[Edited by: nsdp at 8/22/2012 11:24:01 PM EST]
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rein in the EPA before they get totally out of control
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ok
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Coal shouldn't be used anywhere anymore.
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Cool beans.
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BANG!
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OKAY...
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