Federal Appeals Court Upholds MATS Rule

 Federal Appeals Court Upholds MATS Rule

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) despite an earlier ruling by the Supreme Court against the rule.

Per the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the EPA can continue enforcing the mercury air pollution rule while it addresses the Supreme Court’s June ruling that the EPA failed to consider compliance costs to electric utilities, reports The Hill.

The EPA considered costs while the rule was being written, but the Supreme Court said a cost-benefit analysis was required before even starting.

The Circuit Court did not disclose why they upheld the MATS rule but noted, according to Bloomberg BNA, the EPA has promised to correct the error by April 2016.

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