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Despite Meeting Clean Air Standards, Supreme Court Forces Ohio to Write New Air Plan

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an Ohio case will force the state into tighter environmental restrictions than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required. After Ohio fell into “non-attainment” status exceeding the  acceptable amount of particulate matter in its air, EPA required the state to write and submit a new pollution control plan. Before the plan was written, Ohio's particulate matter decreased below national standards and EPA allowed Ohio to forego writing a new...

Virginia Gov. Bars State Lawmakers Having Input on Clean Power Plan

Citing separation of powers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill that would have given state lawmakers authority over implementing a federal Clean Power Plan. A statement issued by Gov. McAuliffe’s office says he “supports the CPP as a necessary response to climate change and an opportunity for Virginia to become a leader in clean energy.” Lawmakers said their constituents ought to have a say, through their representatives, because the CPP could have a devastating effect on the...

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