On April 29, 2014, The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which will protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal plants and other large polluters. The Court gave a complete and resounding victory to EPA, supporting the agency's effort to reduce soot and smog pollution in 28 states, and reduce life-threatening respiratory illnesses that affect millions of Americans. Sierra Club Environmental Law Program attorneys Zack Fabish and Josh Stebbins were instrumental in winning this victory. In a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Ginsburg, the Court determined that the EPA acted within its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose federal implementation plans for reducing smog and soot in the most cost-effective manner possible. Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Clear Air Task Force, American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, along with more than a dozen U.S. states and cities, joined suit to defend one of the most important air pollution rules of our time.
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