Sierra Club (and petitioners) vs. EPA

On August 19, 2008, the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations won a major court decision on the requirements for pollution monitoring under Title V of the Clean Air Act. The decision issued by the DC Circuit Court reversed a Bush administration regulation that tried to strip away the power of states and localities to require rigorous pollution monitoring from coal plants, refineries and similar industrial polluters. The court found that Title V of the Clean Air Act authorizes state and local agencies to supplement EPA permits with more rigorous monitoring requirements than are required by the federal EPA. (Some federal EPA permits require only one pollution test over the entire 50-year life of a facility!).

Read about it at the NYTimes, the Washington Post, and the Public Record. Also, be sure to check out the Sierra Club press release and the DC Circuit Court's opinion.

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