U.S. business group challenges EPA mercury rule

(Reuters) – The biggest U.S. business lobby group said Monday it has petitioned a federal appeals court to invalidate environmental regulations it claims will lead to sweeping electricity blackouts by forcing coal-fired power plants to close.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a broader business coalition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency‘s “Utility MACT” rule, which aims to reduce emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

The federal agency’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards are scheduled to take effect in 2015.

The EPA’s opponents said the rule will result in the shutdown, modification and replacement of numerous power plants and will require new gas pipeline and electric transmission infrastructure to be built.

Read more at Reuters. By Valerie Volcovici.


  1. Doc Freeman says:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the United States federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon submitted a reorganization plan to Congress and it was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The current administrator is Lisa P. Jackson. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank.
    So the EPA is really not constitutional and each State should manage their own air quality, not the federal government. Time to abolish departments like this and the NLRB, Energy, and Education.

  2. Rulings by the EPA, especially after Jackson took over, combined with what the other depts. and agencies are trying to foist on us makes me wonder if there are any sane adults in the entire administration. We know their boss, the narcissistic sociopath, is neither adult nor competent and must be removed, but, not having at least one responsible adult working for him is beyond comprehension.

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