Appeals court overturns EPA's controversial smog/soot rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal appeals court decison that overturned the agency's controversial smog and soot standards. Oil industry groups, which had joined in the court appeal, praised the District of Columbia Court of Appeal's decision. The American Trucking Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed the suit. In a 2-1 opinion, the justices said EPA overstepped its constitutional authority in promulgating the rule. The justices said that, when EPA drafted the rule 2 years ago, it failed to show that the tougher rules were justified by health protection considerations and had acted on lega...

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