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June 29, 2012:

EPA Gas Emissions Regulation

On Tuesday June 26, a federal appeals court endorsed a study done by the EPA which found carbon dioxide emissions threaten human health. The Clean Air Act is the comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from stationary and mobile sources, making the EPA responsible for the limitation of carbon dioxide emissions. The Clean Air Act authorizes the EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards to protect public health and regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants. The court ruling upheld the EPA argument and rejected arguments claiming the rules were based on an inaccurate interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

Read how the issue was reported on in The Guardian, London. U.K.: "US court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules - The ruling upholds the underpinnings of the Obama administration's push to regulate carbon dioxide emissions"

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations Will Hurt Jobs - 

U.S. court upholds greenhouse gas rules:

“The EPA’s decision to move forward with these regulations is one of the most costly, complex and burdensome regulations facing manufacturers,” said Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. “These regulations will harm their ability to hire, invest and grow.”

The EPA’s rules could affect six million stationary sources including 200,000 manufacturing facilities and 37,000 farms, Mr. Timmons said in a statement.

The Supreme Court unleashed a fury of regulation and litigation when it ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007 that greenhouse gases are an air pollutant that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

The EPA in 2009 issued an “endangerment finding” that greenhouse gases “reasonably may be anticipated to endanger public health.” The agency followed with the “tailpipe rule” in May 2010 setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

The agency is also preparing to issue first-ever standards for carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, which are likely to spur utilities to opt for cleaner natural-gas burning plants instead.