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SCOTUS pauses EPA plan to keep smog from drifting across state lines

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An exterior view of the Supreme Court on June 20th, 2024, in Washington, DC.  | Photo by Andrew Harnik / Getty Images

The Supreme Court decided to press pause on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to prevent smog-forming pollutants from drifting across state borders.

Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and various trade organizations including fossil fuel industry groups asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay on the plan while they contest the EPA’s actions in lower courts. SCOTUS agreed to put the plan on hold today in its opinion on Ohio v. Environmental Protection Agency. Five justices voted in favor of halting implementation for now, while the remaining justices dissented.

“If anything, we see one reason for caution after another,” Justice Neil Gorsuch writes in his opinion.

While the…

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