Supreme Court Backs EPA, Refuses to Block Mercury Emissions Rule

A month after issuing a stay on a Clean Power Plan, a Supreme Court deserted a plea to another one of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) appetite plant manners this week.

Many see this as a vital feat for a Obama administration and an denote that a Clean Power Plan preference was “highly extraordinary.” Obama administration officials praised a court’s preference and EPA mouthpiece Melissa Harrison pronounced a group was “very pleased.”

The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, that tightens restrictions on damaging pollutants that are byproducts of blazing coal, was challenged by 20 states, which argue that a regulations are too expensive. The EPA will emanate an mercantile research of a order in April, though appetite plants contingency start correspondence measures now, interjection to a ruling. 

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