Supreme Court gives EPA most of what it wants in climate change permits

|By:, SA News Editor

The U.S. Supreme Court places some limits on the EPA program to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming, trimming the scope of the agency's permitting effort while still allowing some emissions regulations at larger facilities such as power plants.

The Court says the EPA lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but the decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants, and it preserves the EPA's authority over facilities that already emit pollutants the agency regulates other than greenhouse gases.

Justice Scalia, writing for the court, says the ruling will allow the EPA to regulate 83% of all greenhouse gases emitted from plants nationwide vs. the 86% the agency had sought.

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