High court likely to allow Obama’s clean-air rules

Affecting coal-fired power plants

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Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments represent just one of the many legal challenges to the administration’s environmental agenda, seen by the energy industry and a bipartisan coalition in Congress as a job-killer.

Also on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court heard a challenge to the EPA’s rules limiting mercury and acid gases from power plants. That regulation is scheduled to go into effect in 2015 and would be yet another serious burden for the already beleaguered American coal industry.

In February, the Supreme Court will hear another challenge to the White House’s environmental agenda and will weigh whether the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from “stationary sources” such as power plants.

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