"Court Blocks E.P.A. Rule on Cross-State Pollution"

"WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a federal rule that laid out how much air pollution states would have to clean up to avoid incurring violations in downwind states.

 The decision sends the Environmental Protection Agency, and perhaps even Congress, back to the drawing board in what has become a long and paralyzing argument over how to mesh a system of state-by-state regulation with the problem of industrial smokestacks pumping pollutants into a single atmosphere.

In a 2-to-1 ruling, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority in the way it apportioned the cleanup work among 28 upwind states."

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times August 21, 2012.


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"Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Obama Air Pollution Rule" (Washington Post)

"Court Overturns Border-Crossing Pollution Rule" (Associated Press)

"Court Overturns EPA's Cross-State Pollution Rule" (Houston Chronicle)

"EPA Rule on Air Pollution Struck Down" (Baltimore Sun)

"Appeals Court Voids Major Cross-State Air Pollution Rule" (USA TODAY)

"In Blow To Obama Admin, Court Sends EPA Back To Drawing Board on Cross-State Rule" (Greenwire)

"Judge Kavanaugh Hits EPA Again" (Wall St. Journal Law Blog)

Editorial: "EPA Smack-Down Number Six" (Wall St. Journal Editorial Board)

"Court Strikes Down EPA Air Pollution Rule" (Politico)

Source: NY Times, 08/22/2012