Court Reinstates Clean Air Rule During EPA Fix

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Environmentalists say it's a ruling that will mean cleaner and healthier air.

A federal appeals court is reinstating one of President George W. Bush's clean air regulations. It will remain in effect while the Environmental Protection Agency develops a new clean air program.

The Clean Air Interstate Rule requires 28 states -- mostly in the East -- to reduce emissions that form smog and produce soot. The emissions can be carried long distances by the wind. The rule was tossed out by a federal appeals court in July, saying the EPA overstepped its authority. But now, it will go back into effect.

A judge today said the country would have to do without "clear benefits to the public health and the environment" if the rule were to be scrapped while the EPA fixes it.

Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who heads a House global warming panel, says "common sense ruled the day." And the Environmental Defense Fund says it's a "welcome gift" for Americans whose health suffers from the effects of power plant pollution.

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