A court rebuke to EPA

The oil and gas industry should welcome a judicial rebuke that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received this month over aggressive regulation against air pollution. On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that EPA overstepped its constitutional authority when it toughened standards for pollution by ozone and fine particles. The agency claimed in its July 1997 ruling to have evidence necessitating a lowering of airborne concentrations of ozone and a new standard for particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. Suddenly, the economy faced new costs estimated by the President's Council of Economic Advisers at as much as ...

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