A United States Supreme Court ruling restricting the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t restrict it all that much, according to Nebraska’s two senators.
A Supreme Court decision declares the EPA went too far in regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, but only a bit too far.
Sen. Deb Fischer sees little practical effect from the decision.
“My understanding is it will not change what’s going on with power plants and the big emitters of emissions. It will only affect smaller businesses,” Fischer says.
The court, in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate major sources of carbon emissions, but stated the agency had gone too far in interpreting its power. Opponents of the EPA latched on to the court’s ruling of over-reach. Yet, even the court itself stated its ruling only pulls back the EPA a little bit.
Earlier, the court upheld the EPA on its move to regulate air pollution that drifts across state lines.
The latest ruling comes on a case filed before the EPA announce further moves to restrict coal-fired power plants.
Sen. Mike Johanns says the Supreme Court merely nibbled around the edges of the EPA’s power.
“I think coal-fired plants are still under attack by the EPA,” according to Johanns. “I think you’re going to see that continue, no doubt about it.”
The EPA has announced it wants to cut carbon emissions from existing plants by up to 30%, a move that would affect the Midwest, including Nebraska, greatly due to its reliance on coal as a power source.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]