Monday, June 29, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court votes against EPA plan
On June 29 in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the EPA’s plan to reduce toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that the EPA erred in not conducting a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed MAT standards regulation, which aims to reduce the emission of mercury and other toxic chemicals from the plants.
In writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said the agency should have factored in that the regulations would cost power companies nearly 10 billion dollars a year, while generating economic benefits of only around 5 million dollars a year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the court’s decision, saying it should be a signal that states should delay implementing other EPA regulations. With the decision, the case is referred back to a Washington D.C. circuit court with instructions to issue a ruling consistent with the decision.