US Appeals Court delayemissions rules implemented by EPA

US Appeals Court delay the emissions rules implemented by EPA

2:10 AM, 4th January 2012
US Appeals Court delay the emissions rules implemented by EPA

WASHINGTON DC, US: A three-judge panel of the US Appeals Court in Washington granted a request by electric power producers and other challengers to delay the rules implemented on interstate air pollution by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding the deadline for plants in 27 states to begin reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide while the court considers the rule’s legality. Sulfur dioxide can lead to acid rain and soot harmful to humans and ecosystems, and nitrogen oxide, a component of ground-level ozone and a main ingredient of smog. The EPA rules applies to Texas and 26 eastern states.

“Petitioners have satisfied the standards required for a stay pending court review,” said Brett Kavanaugh, Judge, US Court of Appeals, Thomas Griffith, Judge, US Court of Appeals and Janice Rogers Brown, Judge, US Court of Appeals. Power companies, state officials and lawmakers said the EPA provided too little time to comply, and argued in court that the October revisions should invalidate the entire rule. Luminant Generation Co, an Energy Future Holdings Corp unit, claims the measure will force it to eliminate at least 500 jobs.

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