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Responses to the court decision on EPA carbon rules

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


The API welcomed a decision by the US Supreme Court to curtail aspects of the EPA’s regulations on GHG emissions from stationary sources, such as refineries.

Harry Ng, API VP and general counsel said, ‘today’s decision will help to ensure that permitting requirements fall within the authority granted by Congress. It is a stark reminder that the EPA’s power is not unlimited. Any new rules should be designed t complement, not strangle, the manufacturing renaissance America is experiencing thanks to new energy production. We’re pleased with the Court’s decision.’

In October, the Supreme Court announced that it would review EPA rules that require complex and lengthy permits to build or modify facilities that emit GHGs. API, joined by a coalition of leading manufacturing associations, argued successfully that the EPA’s rules overstep the authority granted by Congress in the Clean Air Act. The petitioners joining API, including NAM, represent nearly every facet of American manufacturing, construction, and business, employing millions of Americans.


AFPM General Counsel, Rich Moskowitz made the following statement on the Supreme Court decision to deny the EPA authority to implement GHG regulations for stationary sources under the Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration program:

‘We are pleased that the Court has placed appropriate limits on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. By doing so, the Court makes clear that an agency cannot rewrite the law to advance its political goals. The Clean Air Act PSD program was never intended to regulate pollutants such as carbon dioxide in this fashion. This decision brings us closer to correcting a very costly regulation that would strain states’ resources and impose burdensome permitting requirements on some businesses.’

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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