Court affirms EPA carbon regulation

This week saw a victory for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as its new regulation of heat trapping gasses were upheld in court after an earlier appeal.

Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA began implementing guidelines that would limit the amount of emissions including power plants and fuel refineries.

This prompted an appeal from industries including electric suppliers and coal companies.

However a panel of three judges unanimously found that the EPA is acting within the parameters of the Clean Air Act by regulating carbon dioxide emissions.

Some of these new rules include requiring all new power plants to meet certain efficiency thresholds. The EPA is also expected to announce new vehicle performance standards as well.