02 May '11, 5pm

U.S. Fed Court Upholds Calif. Carbon Curbs

The state of California has had its legal right to enact controls on air pollution upheld on appeal. A challenge had been mounted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and trade body the National Automobile Dealers Association but was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals because the bodies had no legal standing. Because California had its own air pollution controls in place prior to the adoption of the 1970 federal Clean Air Act, the state was granted the right to request a waiver to impose its own rules stricter than those contained within the federal act. President George W. Bush’s administration refused to grant California a waiver in 2004 when the state planned to limit carbon dioxide emissions. The Obama administration subsequently granted the waiver in 2009. This 2009 waiver was challenged but Friday’s court verdict upholds the administration’s decision. The decision rea...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/05/02/u-s-fed-cou...

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