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EPA’s ‘good neighbour’ rule branded bad science

Republican congressman Ralph Hall, chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has welcomed a US court decision to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's “good neighbour rule”—a regulation designed to reduce pollution from power plants that lower air quality in neighbouring states.

The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was rejected on the grounds the agency exceeded its authority when it sought to prevent “upwind states” from emitting possibly unhealthy levels of contaminants across state borders. States should have been given an initial opportunity to implement the required reductions, the court said.

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