EPA loses, environment wins.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position:THIS WEEK - On the case against Environmental Protection Agency's decision to exempt the accurate measurement of toxic emissions of large factories and major power plants
 
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Last week, a U.S. federal appeals court struck down an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that exempted large factories and major power plants from accurately measuring their toxic emissions. Responding to a challenge filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Project, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Sierra Club, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the EPA violated Clean Air Act standards by allowing those companies responsible for the lion's share of the nation's air pollution to avoid monitoring, recording and recordkeeping of airborne emissions despite the letter of the law.

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The as-of-now overturned EPA rule specifically prohibited permitting authorities--primarily state agencies--from including stronger air pollution monitoring requirements in permits for some 18,000 major stationary pollution sources, even where...

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