Court rules against Bush administration

Mar 20, 2006

A federal appeals court has overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration, ruling in favor of environmental advocacy groups.

The rejected rule would have allowed many power plants, refineries and factories to avoid installing new pollution controls, The New York Times reported Monday.

Friday's unanimous decision came from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which has primary jurisdiction in challenges to federal regulations.

The decision is seen as a defeat for the Environmental Protection Agency and for industry, and a victory for the states and their environmentalist allies, the Times said.

The new ruling says the EPA went too far in 2003 when it issued a rule exempting most equipment changes from environmental reviews.

"This is an enormous victory over the concerted efforts by the Bush administration to dismantle the Clean Air Act," New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer told the Times. He said the ruling "shows that the administration's effort to misinterpret and undermine the statute is illegal."

The decision is likely to be appealed and may reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: NASA's Europa mission begins with selection of science instruments

Related Stories

New way to save fish—and fishers

May 19, 2015

An end to poaching will benefit ocean conservation and fishing communities worldwide, an Australian-led scientific study shows.

Recommended for you

Image: Europa's Jupiter-facing hemisphere

2 hours ago

This 12-frame mosaic provides the highest resolution view ever obtained of the side of Jupiter's moon Europa that faces the giant planet. It was obtained on Nov. 25, 1999 by the camera onboard the Galileo ...

A bubbly cosmic celebration

2 hours ago

In the brightest region of the nebula RCW 34, gas is heated and expands through the surrounding cooler gas. Once the heated hydrogen reaches the borders of the gas cloud, it bursts outwards into the vacuum ...

Image: XMM-Newton self-portraits with planet Earth

2 hours ago

This series of images was taken 15 years ago, a couple of months after the launch of ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory. These unique views, showing parts of the spacecraft main body and solar wings, feature ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.