The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the fight between 14 states and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The group of states, which includes Indiana, contends the EPA didn’t give them a chance to complete their state implementation plans to address air pollution which travels to other states.
Vince Griffin is the Indiana Chamber Vice President of Environmental and Energy Policy and says says the EPA has certain levels of emissions it says the states should meet, and according to Griffin, the EPA is violating its own process where they set an emission level which is passed down to the states.
“And the state develops a state implementation plan, and in this case the federal government said ‘we’re not going to do that, we’re going to develop a federal implementation plan that all of you states have to implement’,” Griffin said.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim the EPA jumped the gun and issued the Transport Rule in 27 states which would have forced the states to forgo their state plans and run with the federal implementation plan.
The Transport Rule was shot down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit before going to the Supreme Court.