Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

High Court Upholds Broad EPA Authority.(Editorial Page)


The Environmental Protection Agency has the power, delegated by Congress, to set standards for clean air without regard for their cost to industry. So ruled the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging restrictive new standards for ozone and soot in 1997.

EPA Administrator Christine Whitman called the decision "a solid endorsement of EPA's efforts to protect the health of millions of Americans from the dangers of air pollution."

All nine justices agreed with the finding, though some agreed for different reasons than those expressed in the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia.

A federal appeals court had earlier ruled that the EPA had overstepped its authority in setting the new standards, but that finding was reversed by the high court. …

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