US court snuffs proposal for clean air

2013-01-22 22:46
US Supreme Court (Picture: AP)

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Washington - The US Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to a tough new clean air requirement limiting sulphur dioxide emissions.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from businesses and industrial interests involving an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation setting emission levels of sulphur dioxide, a colourless gas with the smell of rotting eggs.

Sulphur dioxide from power plant smokestacks can be carried long distances by wind and weather and has been linked to various illnesses including asthma.

Several corporations and industrial associations along with several states say that EPA's required emission levels are lower than mandated by law to protect public health. But the US Court of Appeals in Washington refused to overturn the EPA's decision.

The justices refused to reconsider that ruling.

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