SCOTUS to Hear Case on EPA Ozone Reduction Plan

Oral arguments for the challenge to the “good neighbor” pollution rule to be heard in February.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in February regarding a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan under the Clean Air Act to reduce ozone levels. The case is still being litigated in a federal appeals court, and the EPA claimed these national air quality standards provide “important public benefits.”

The EPA revised ozone standards in 2015 and the agency denied approval of the plans of 21 states for addressing ozone pollution in 2023. The “good neighbor“ rule in question requires states to submit an agency-approved plan for reducing ozone. If the agency does not approve the states’ plans, they are required to accept the EPA’s plan for those states.

Three states and companies, who are impacted by the plan, asked for an immediate pause, arguing that the rule will place a strain on the nation’s power grid. The court chose to schedule oral arguments rather than grant or deny the request for a stay.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices as they prepare to hear the challenge to the EPA’s ozone reduction rule.
  • For EPA Administrator Michael Regan as he oversees the agency.
  • For wisdom for the states and organizations that are challenging the EPA’s plan.

Sources: SCOTUSBlog, NY Times

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