By TENNILLE TRACY
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Friday upheld
air-quality standards adopted by the Environmental Protection
Agency, marking another legal victory for an agency whose
often-controversial rules have been confirmed in a string of
recent court decisions.
Friday's decision dealt with a 2010 rule limiting emissions
of sulfur dioxide, generated by power plants that burn fossil
fuels to generate electricity.
The rule restricted emissions over the course of an hour to
75 parts per billion, tightening a previous standard.
The rule had been challenged by the National Environmental
Development Association's Clean Air Project, a trade group representing
ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, General Electric and several other
Environmental groups had joined the EPA in defending the
Friday's decision marks the latest in a string legal wins
for the Obama administration's EPA. Earlier in the week, the
same court upheld another 2010 rule that limited emissions of
nitrogen dioxide near major roadways.
Earlier in the month, meanwhile, the court backed the
administration's campaign to reduce greenhouse gases.
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