The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled July 20 to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s sulfur dioxide air quality standard. Rejecting challenges by state and industry groups to the SO2 rule, the court ruled that the agency can not set an air quality standard at a level that is higher than is protective of public health, but that setting a lower standard that is requisite to protect the public health is within the agency’s authority.
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