Supreme Court seems ready to block ‘good neighbor’ pollution rule

The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to block a Biden administration policy that aims to reduce air pollution that strays from one state to another.

The nine justices are tasked with deciding whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency‘s regulatory “good neighbor” plan, which places strict emission limits on power plants and other industries in “upwind states.” Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia filed an emergency request with the high court in October 2023, saying the EPA overstepped its authority by imposing those requirements.

Two white ducks walk along the beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015, in Newburg, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Mark Wilson

The question posed by some of the high court’s Republican-appointed justices focused on whether
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