Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit consider historic clean air cases

“All Americans will breathe easier if the courts rule in favor of clean air” -- EDF

December 10, 2013
Contact: 
Sharyn Stein, 202-572-3396, sstein@edf.org

“All Americans will breathe easier if the courts rule in favor of clean air. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit simultaneously heard arguments in two of the most important clean air cases in our nation’s history. Justices at the Supreme Court heard about the cost-effective life-saving benefits of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, while a three judge panel at the D.C. Circuit heard about the critical importance of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in protecting our children from the toxic air pollution that’s linked to brain damage.

“Both the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are based on rigorous science and are firmly grounded in the law, and both will provide longer and healthier lives for millions of Americans. EDF is a party to both of these historic cases and we believe the arguments before both courts clearly outlined the compelling reasons for upholding these vital Clean Air Act protections.”

            -  Vickie Patton, EDF General Counsel

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