Chief justice rejects plea to block air pollution rule

by Timothy Cama  |  published on March 3, 2016

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants in a big victory for the Obama administration.

Roberts’s order came despite his court’s 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is illegal.

Michigan led a group of 20 states last month — empowered by the Supreme Court’s recent unprecedented decision to halt the EPA’s carbon dioxide rule for power plants — in asking the court to live up to its ruling last year and block the regulation’s enforcement.

“Unless this court stays or enjoins further operation of the Mercury and Air Toxics rule, this court’s recent decision in Michigan v. EPA will be thwarted,” the states wrote in a Feb. 23 filing with the court.

“A stay or injunction is appropriate because this court has already held that the finding on which the rule rests in unlawful and beyond EPA’s statutory authority.”

  • CharlieSeattle

    Mercury crosses the placenta barrier and will reach the fetus and will cause brain damage.

    Good job SCOTUS, you gutless, heartless basterds!

    • I Seigel

      Remember that Clinton, in his last year as president, issued an EO to get mercury and arsenic out of the water supplies. Republicans and industry fought him and dragged their feet. Now, almost 20 years later, this issue is still being fought. Finally the Supreme Court is letting a rule stand that will try to limit these poisons in water supplies. I’m not sure what problem you have with that. Whether you’re on city water or well water, I would think you’d want to be sure you’re not drinking mercury. Sure, let the salmon swim around in it.

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