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Courts side with EPA over Clean Air Act

June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court dealt a decisive blow to companies and states suing to block agency rules when it upheld a finding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that heat-trapping gases from industry and vehicles endanger public health, according to the New York Times.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA was "unambiguously correct" that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits once it has determined that emissions are causing harm, the article stated.

According to the article, the judges unanimously dismissed arguments from the industry that "the science of global warming was not well supported and that the agency had based its judgment on unreliable studies."

Fourteen states, led by Virginia and Texas, had sued to block the rules, while 15 states, including New York, California and Massachusetts, went to court in support of the agency, the article noted.

The attorney general of Virginia plans on appealing Tuesday''s ruling, the article added.

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