The Supreme Court on Monday will hear challenges to an Obama administration greenhouse gas regulation.
The program in question is the Environmental Protection Agency’s permitting process for industry sources, which includes coal-fired power plants, chemical facilities and oil refineries.
In 2010, the EPA said its emissions standards for passenger cars “triggered” a need to regulate greenhouse gas pollutants under permits for new facilities because the gases were deemed an endangerment to “public health or welfare.”
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is allowed to review permits to determine if necessary technologies that would help limit pollution are being used in the construction and powering of plants.
The question before the court on Monday is if EPA extended its authority by including greenhouse gases to the list of pollutants it may regulate under the permits.
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