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E-M:/ U.S. Supreme Court Again Support Clean Air

Enviro-Mich message from James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net>

For the second time inside a week the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in
favor of the EPA and their programs designed to improve air quality
throughout the country.  Once again, the State of Michigan was one of
the parties asking the court to stop the EPA from trying to require
power plants to use modern pollution control technology.

The U.S. Supreme Court in today's case refused to hear an appeal of a
Circuit Court decision from Washington D.C. that had upheld the EPA NOx
SIP Call program.  That program is designed to reduce the emissions of
nitrogen oxides from power plants.  Those emission contribute to the
formation of ground level ozone that are linked to various respiratory

Hopefully, the state will take this latest decision as a another sign to
stop wasting time and resources fighting proposals to cleanup our air
and put more effort into meeting standards that will protect public

P.S. On another positive note, EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman
announced last Wednesday the Bush administration is considering imposing
carbon dioxide limits from power plants to address global warming

Prepared by:

James Clift, Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2a
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 487-9539

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