Court Backs EPA on Anti-Pollution Rules

Ruling seen as victory for the environment

Published: 21-Jan-2004

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal Environmental Protection Agency can override state officials and order some anti-pollution measures that may be more costly.

The 5-4 decision, a victory for environmentalists, found the EPA did not go too far when it overruled a decision by Alaska regulators, who wanted to let the operators of a zinc and lead mine use cheaper anti-pollution technology for power generation.

The four justices who dissented said the ruling undercut the states' power to control their environmental policies.

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