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Court overturns EPA's good neighbor rule

A federal appeals court overturned the Obama administration's air pollution standard, often referred to as the 'good neighbor rule.' The Environmental Protection Agency's legislation was part of a systematic effort to solve a long-standing dispute between coal-powered plants in areas with less-stringent regulations such as the South and Midwest and those with tougher air quality measures in the Mid-Atlantic and New England, The Los Angeles Times reports.

States in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions fought for the good neighbor rule, which imposed stricter air quality regulations on plants in more western regions on the basis that toxic emissions created by those plants end up traveling east due to prevailing winds.

However, it seems the argument for the EPA regulation was not supported, as a 2-1 decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the agency had no legal right to issue such a federal mandate and that states' rights were being impeded by the heavy-handed legislation.

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