Supreme Court Agrees to Review Cross-State Air Ruling

GreenLaw Supports EPA Efforts to Limit Coal-Fired Pollution

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it would consider the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to reinstate the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which would require significant reductions in air emissions for power plants, including those located in Georgia.

CSAPR was designed to protect the health of the public by reducing air pollution and helping states attain clean air standards. CSAPR would require 28 states, including Georgia, to limit coal pollution blowing across state lines, including nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide that contribute to increased rates of heart attacks and respiratory illnesses. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Georgia is one of the “Top 20 Toxic States,” due to air emissions from power plants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia invalidated the EPA rule on August 21, 2012 in the decision EME Homer City Generation v. EPA, which was a significant setback to the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb soot- and smog-forming air pollution.

“We’re encouraged that the Supreme Court has agreed to review the D.C. court’s ruling on CSPAR,” said GreenLaw Executive Director, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield. “If implemented, CSPAR will CSPAR will impose stricter air quality standards so we can all breath cleaner, healthier air. “