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Federal appeals court rules on ‘Good Neighbor’ provision of Clean Air Act

May 21, 2020

Via: Jurist

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) actions in enforcing air quality standards across state lines were somewhat lacking. While the court determined that some of the EPA’s steps in evaluating air quality assessment requests under the Clean Air Act’s “Good Neighbor” provision were appropriate, they held that the EPA did not act properly in other steps.

The Clean Air Act calls for a national standard for air quality, but because air quality is inherently complicated due to the distance pollutants can travel, Congress included the Good Neighbor provision.

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