U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) notes the Supreme Court"s decision in Michigan v. EPA, where the court concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency "unreasonably' failed to take into account the costs of the new mercury emissions standards aimed at coal-fired power plants before deciding to pursue them and gives the following statement:
"When deciding whether or not to propose new regulations, the first step should always be determining whether the benefits outweigh the costs. The EPA's decision to move forward without considering the impact on individuals and the economy was ill-advised and I am pleased the Supreme Court recognized that.
"This Administration has been open about the fact that they want to put the coal industry out of business, regardless of what reasonable standards they may meet. This case is a blow to those efforts. I will continue to work in Congress to rein in the EPA when they overreach on environmental policy."