SCOTUS affirms EPA powers - Tucson News Now

SCOTUS affirms EPA powers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

By a 7-2 vote, the nation's highest court has affirmed the EPA's right to regulate greenhouse gases for large energy producers.

It's a direction the EPA has already been moving in, so the decision doesn't change much except to say the EPA can continue moving forward.

"I think it's a win-win for Arizona," says Kirsten Engel, an Associate Dean and professor at the University of Arizona law school. "It confirms the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases."

Engel agrees this decision by the high court confirms it's on a path that gives the EPA growing power over climate change regulation.

"Arizona has a lot to benefit from those controls," she says.

Higher temperatures on hot days, the increased wildfire risk, and conversations about water concerns in Tucson all point to climate issues.

The ruling will allow the EPA to regulate coal fire generating power plants which release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the air.

The regulations do not affect homes, small businesses or apartments.

That's an area the EPA has decided not to tread, at least for the time being.

Even though the Supreme Court doesn't mention climate change, that's the target of the decision.

It's the third in a line of decisions favoring the EPA.

"I think it's time for Arizona and other states to jump on board," Engel says.

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