The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled late last month to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “right” to set emissions standards and policy, unfettered by cost/benefit considerations critics charge gave the EPA too much power. Working under provisions of the 1970 Clean Air Act, the EPA announced the Federal Tier II emissions standards in 1997 — they are due to begin a phase-in period starting in 2004. Soon after the ruling, business groups and other entities, including the ...

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