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Coats Commends Court Decision to Strike Down Harmful EPA Rule


Location: Washington, DC

Senator Coats today applauded the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).

"I applaud the D.C. Circuit Court for its decision today to throw out the EPA's Cross State Air Pollution Rule because it exceeds the agency's constitutional authority. This rule was just one of a recent string of rulemakings by the EPA that reaches far beyond what is necessary to maintain a clean environment without taking into account the serious economic costs. When it comes to cleaning our air, we need a balanced approach that involves the input of both the public and private sectors. This administration has pushed the bounds of constitutional authority and tried to circumvent Congress time and time again. Today's court decision is a victory for common sense governing.

"There remain rules that may prove to be more devastating than CSAPR, such as the Utility MACT rule, that Congress must address. I look forward to continuing to build bipartisan support for workable solutions that ensures states, utilities and consumers are not adversely affected."

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