Thursday, April 07, 2011

Federal appeals court rejects challenge to sulfur dioxide standard

We'll take whatever victories we can get these days. And here is one:

The DC Circuit Court of appeals today denied a motion by North Dakota (supported by Texas, the utility industry, mining interests, and other industry groups) to stay the 1-hour sulfur dioxide national air standard adopted by EPA last June. Clean Air Watch was among those praising EPA's action at the time.

The states and coal groups objected mainly to EPA statements indicating that it planned to use modeling as well as monitoring to designate areas out of compliance with the standard.

Earthjustice is representing American Lung Association and EDF as intervenors in the case, and filed memoranda opposing the stay motion.

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