Courtroom sides with Arkansas on air air pollution plan blocked by EPA
A federal appeals court docket blocked the Environmental Safety Company from turning down Arkansas’s proposed plan for “good neighbor” air air pollution guidelines.
In a single-page ruling Thursday, the Eighth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals stayed the EPA’s rejection of Arkansas’ plan, which is required below the Clear Air Act to make sure states’ ozone emissions don’t pollute the air of different areas.
In February, Arkansas was one in all 19 states whose plans the EPA rejected.
Arkansas sued the identical month, with Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) saying the company had not allowed the state to revise a four-year-old plan. Arkansas Legal professional Basic Tim Griffin (R) argued that the EPA each missed the November 2020 deadline to assessment state plans and adjusted the requirements within the meantime.
“Right this moment, the Eighth Circuit stayed the Biden administration’s illegal disapproval of Arkansas’s state implementation plan (SIP) for addressing ozone emissions below the Clear Air Act,” Griffin stated in a press release.
“The court docket’s order blocking the Biden administration’s disapproval prevents the administration from imposing a one-size-fits-all federal implementation plan (FIP) that will kill Arkansas jobs and threaten our energy grid,” Griffin added. “I applaud the court docket’s choice at this time and can proceed to battle towards brazen and illegal federal regulatory overreach.”
Below a 2015 EPA rule, states are forbidden from contributing to ozone air pollution throughout state strains, whereas in 2022 the company launched new guidelines proscribing downwind emissions from fossil fuel-based energy crops.
When reached out to, an EPA spokesperson informed The Hill that the company doesn’t touch upon ongoing litigation.
In an April 28 submitting, the company’s authorized crew argued that the federal authorities’s means to guard public well being regarding interstate emissions was at stake.
“Depriving EPA of authority to deal with Arkansas’s sources’ dangerous emissions whereas this litigation proceeds would hurt the well being and welfare of tens of millions of people that stay in areas impacted by air pollution from Arkansas,” they wrote on the time.
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