Supreme Court hands major EPA victory to Obama administration

The ruling marks an important step to reducing power plant pollution. Scalia and Thomas (predictably) dissented

By The Associated Press
Published April 29, 2014 2:52PM (EDT)
The Justices of the Supreme Court                                (Wikimedia Commons)
The Justices of the Supreme Court (Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has given the Environmental Protection Agency an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.

The court's 6-2 decision Tuesday means that a rule adopted by EPA in 2011 to limit emissions from plants in more than two-dozen Midwestern and Southern states can take effect. The pollution drifts into the air above states along the Atlantic Coast and the EPA has struggled to devise a way to control it.

Power companies and several states sued to block the rule from taking effect, and a federal appeals court in Washington agreed with them in 2012.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's majority opinion. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

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