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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity applauds today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.

 

The case examined whether EPA adequately considered costs in determining it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate air toxics emissions from power units.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a win for American consumers and a rebuke of EPA’s callous approach to regulations. We applaud the Court’s commonsense decision which serves as a needed reminder that regulatory bodies must actually consider cost impacts of its regulations. Failure to do so risks the livelihoods and well-being of American families and businesses,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “Thanks to today’s ruling, the EPA will finally have to listen to the nation’s concerns with this poorly constructed, costly rule. Elitist ideas usually carry lofty price tags. When EPA rewrites this regulation, we can only hope it uses real costs and benefit figures rather than those pulled out of its magic bag of tricks.”

 

Justice Scalia writing for the majority said, “No regulation is ‘appropriate’ if it does significantly more harm than good.”

 

Many have raised concerns around the reliability implications of EPA policies, which along with MATS have already resulted in the closure or conversion of 393 units—62,000 MW of electric generating capacity—in 36 states. Analysis released in January by Bernstein Research found that today’s decision to throw out EPA’s MATS rule could...

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