Court sides with EPA for not setting new standard

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain.

The EPA decided in 2012 after a lengthy rulemaking proceeding that it needed further scientific study before it could set a new air quality standard for oxides of nitrogen and oxides of sulphur.

Environmental groups claimed that EPA's failure to issue a new multi-pollutant rule violated the Clean Air Act.

In a 3-0 decision, the judges say they are turning aside the environmental groups' petition for judicial review because the EPA could not form a reasoned judgment as the Clean Air Act requires.


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