WASHINGTON The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.
The challenge was brought by industry groups and 21 Republican-led states.
Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said it is not appropriate to impose billions of dollars of economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for Indiana and for Hoosiers," said Indiana Governor Mike Pence. "For too long, the repercussions of costly regulations and federal overreach have been overlooked in Washington, where the Administration’s approach to energy policy has placed environmental concerns above all others. However, as Governor, I can confidently say the financial and economic impact of these policies are detrimental to Hoosier families and businesses alike here in Indiana.
“With today’s ruling in mind, I reaffirm my call for the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement energy policies that strike the proper balance between the health of the environment and the health of the economy. Only then can we ensure the safe and responsible stewardship of our natural resources and meet our shared goal of reliable, affordable energy.”
The case now goes back to lower courts for the EPA to decide how to account for costs.