BREAKING: Court tosses EPA Cross-state air pollution rule

In two recent posts, I discuss how the EPA’s stringent new regulations target coal-fired electrical generating plants.

See: EPA versus Arizona on regional haze issue and EPA war on coal threatens Tucson water supply

Today, Bloomberg news reports, “The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in a 2-1 ruling today struck down the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule, saying the agency illegally imposed federal authority over state air pollution programs.”

Plaintiffs in the case claim that the EPA rule was “one of the most costly, burdensome and arbitrary” rules that the EPA has ever imposed. See complete Bloomberg coverage here.

Read the complete decision here.

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) commented, “The EPA’s arbitrary and rushed Rule threatened hundreds of good-paying jobs in my district, and would have resulted in higher costs and less reliable electricity throughout the country. It was based more on an ‘EPA-knows-best’ approach than objective science, and was flawed by unreasonable timelines, lack of state or industry consultation, black box models, insufficient cost-benefit analysis, unverifiable health claims, and an over-reliance on computer models instead of actual pollution measurements.”