Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Court strikes down EPA pollution rule - latimes.com

This LA Times looks more than a little partisan in this piece.
The states threatening air quality in Mid-Atlantic and New England states are not likely to be "Texas, Mississippi, Florida and Kansas" 
I'm confidant the story is considerably more nuanced than President W appointed two judges to ensure the skies of the eastern seaboard are poisoned.

Court strikes down EPA pollution rule - latimes.com:
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule meant to protect Eastern residents from polluters in neighboring states, saying that the Environmental Protection Agency must grant states more time to implement protections.
The ruling by twoGeorge W. Bush appointees covers the "good neighbor rule" issued by the EPA in mid-2011 to regulate emissions of pollutants, including sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxides, the main ingredients in soot and smog.
The rule is one of several federal efforts to arbitrate a long-standing regional dispute between coal-powered, lightly regulated states mainly in the South and Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic and New England states where the toxic emissions wind up on account of prevailing winds.
Even cities in the Midwest and the South are affected by their neighbors' pollution, including Chicago, Knoxville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C., said Vickie Patton, an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, which had intervened in the case on behalf of the EPA.
Continue reading at latimes.com:
For a less entertaining but still slightly political take, try Bloomberg's "Obama Curbs on Coal Pollution Rejected by U.S. Court"

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