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Greenhouse gas fight goes back to Congress…

A federal appeals court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its controversial greenhouse gas rules is certain to fuel a renewed and expanded fight in Congress to rescind those rules and take away the EPA’s right to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the EPA findings that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the subsequent EPA decision to set limits for emissions. The ruling was a blow to heavy industries including electric utilities and manufacturers, who sought to strip the EPA of its authority.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) says the EPA greenhouse rules will eventually require new permitting requirements for more than six million stationary sources, including 200,000 manufacturing plants.

That returns the battle to Congress, where industry groups will try to kill the rules and environmentalists will fight to preserve and expand them. Specifically, there will be an effort to limit or even eliminate EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Legislation to curb the EPA was approved by the GOP-controlled House last year, but has so far been blocked in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

A coalition of industry groups is also considering additional legal action, including a possible appeal of the D.C. circuit court decision to the Supreme Court. The members of the coalition include the American Frozen Food Institute; American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; American Petroleum Institute; Brick Industry Association; Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, Inc.; Corn Refiners Association; Glass Association of North America; Glass Packaging Institute; Independent Petroleum Association of America; Indiana Cast Metals Association; Michigan Manufacturers Association; Mississippi Manufacturers Association; National Association of Home Builders; National Association of Manufacturers; National Oilseed Processors Association; NFIB Small Business Legal Center; North American Die Casting Association; Specialty Steel Industry of North America; Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Western States Petroleum Association; West Virginia Manufacturers Association; and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

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