SCOTUS to consider challenge to EPA mercury rules

Dec 9, 2014

Nick Schroeck, director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

The environment has taken center stage in President Barack Obama’s second term. Under his direction, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued sweeping regulations aimed at curbing global warming. But should the EPA have to consider what it costs utilities to comply with those regulations? That’s the question being asked in a case before the Supreme Court right now.

Michigan and 22 other states filed a lawsuit against the EPA, saying the agency failed to consider the costs to utilities when it announced new limits on mercury emissions from power plants in 2012.

Current State speaks with Nick Schroeck, a professor of Environmental Law at Wayne State University and director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

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