U.S. Supreme Court hands Obama administration a defeat on environmental regulations, but more to come

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled against the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) regulation, stating the agency had exceeded their authority to issue a regulation that was “appropriate and necessary” given the high costs of compliance with the regulation.

“We are pleased the Supreme Court has properly ruled the EPA has exceeded its authority on this regulation, but this is only one regulation out of many that deserve the high court’s attention,” said Ray McCarty, president of Associated Industries of Missouri. “The EPA is in the process of proposing even more expensive regulations that will boost utility bills for all electricity consumers and cripple our job creation efforts, particularly in the manufacturing sector,” said McCarty.

The MATS regulation was the first in a series of regulations in which the Obama administration had hoped to set an example for other nations, followed by an expected regulation on ozone and another on carbon dioxide.

“The Obama administration should realize that industry in the United States has already set a great example for other nations and improved environmental quality,” said McCarty. “These extraordinary regulations produce the ridiculous result of encouraging manufacturing plants to locate in other countries with no net global benefit at the expense of American jobs.”

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