(Reuters) – The US appeal court on Friday largely stood by Environmental Protection Agency regulations from 2015 which set a more stringent standard for ozone, a pollutant linked to a number of serious health conditions, refusing to meet the demands of the EU. industry groups that emission limits were too hard to achieve.
The US Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit refused claims mainly from energy companies, including the coal company Murray Energy, the Chamber of Commerce and the Petroleum Institute in America which the Obama administration decided on the National Ambient Air Quality Standard ozone to 70 parts per billion was too difficult for companies to achieve.
While the panel had three judges unanimously to uphold the Obama era standard, he directed the EPA to revisit secondary standards of public interest designed to protect animals and vegetation, and left a provision to certain energy and industrial facilities were at the center of the processes that allow them for less intensive ozone quality.
This decision also ensures that the EPA will not be able to reduce future standards below the level necessary to protect public health and welfare.
The Trump administration decided last year not to dispose of the Obama era ozone standard and continued to protect the measure through the ongoing legal challenges.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a coalition of seven states who joined the EPA asked the rule to defend the victory of the decision.
“Today's decision seeks to weaken the corporate interests of ozone standards and to continue to collect huge profits at the cost of our children's health,” said Becerra in a statement.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Valerie Volcovici; Editing Chizu Nomiyama, Chris Reese and Tom Brown
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