Court Rules for Clean Air, Reverses Bush Administration Rollbacks
August 26, 2008
Children everywhere will breathe easier, and large pollution sources will be held accountable, thanks to a recent, landmark victory for clean air. On August 19, 2008, the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations won a major court decision on the requirements for pollution monitoring under Title V of the Clean Air Act. The decision issued by the DC Circuit Court reversed a Bush administration regulation that tried to strip away the power of states and localities to require rigorous pollution monitoring from coal plants, refineries and similar industrial polluters. The court found that Title V of the Clean Air Act authorizes state and local agencies to supplement EPA permits with more rigorous monitoring requirements than are required by the federal EPA. (Some federal EPA permits require only one pollution test over the entire 50-year life of a facility!). The court victory will ensure that polluters comply with the law and that polluters clean up their act and prove it.
Details and Documents:
To read the Courts opinion click here.
To read the Sierra Club's Press release click here.
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