U.S. Court Upholds EPA’s GHG Rules

On Tuesday, June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released an opinion in Coalition for Responsible Regulation Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency, upholding the agency’s rules regulating greenhouse gases.

From the opinion:

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in
Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007)—which clarified
that greenhouse gases are an “air pollutant” subject to regulation
under the Clean Air Act (CAA)—the Environmental Protection
Agency promulgated a series of greenhouse gas-related rules.
First, EPA issued an Endangerment Finding, in which it
determined that greenhouse gases may “reasonably be
anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” See 42 U.S.C.
§ 7521(a)(1). Next, it issued the Tailpipe Rule, which set
emission standards for cars and light trucks. Finally, EPA
determined that the CAA requires major stationary sources of
greenhouse gases to obtain construction and operating permits.
But because immediate regulation of all such sources would
result in overwhelming permitting burdens on permitting
authorities and sources, EPA issued the Timing and Tailoring
Rules, in which it determined that only the largest stationary
sources would initially be subject to permitting requirements.
Petitioners, various states and industry groups, challenge all
these rules, arguing that they are based on improper
constructions of the CAA and are otherwise arbitrary and
capricious. But for the reasons set forth below, we conclude: 1)
the Endangerment Finding and Tailpipe Rule are neither
arbitrary nor capricious; 2) EPA’s interpretation of the
governing CAA provisions is unambiguously correct; and 3) no
petitioner has standing to challenge the Timing and Tailoring
Rules. We thus dismiss for lack of jurisdiction all petitions for
review of the Timing and Tailoring Rules, and deny the
remainder of the petitions.

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