Group Disputes Greenhouse Gas as ‘Pollutant’

     WASHINGTON (CN) – Regulating greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act unfairly raises compliance costs for road builders, a trade group claims in federal court.
     The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Administrative Procedures Act by wrongfully denying its rulemaking petitions.
     “The regulation of greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act imposes direct compliance costs on ARTBA members’ equipment and regulatory burdens on ARTBA members’ projects,” according to a 15-page complaint. “Revising EPA regulations to exclude greenhouse gases from the Clean Air Act’s definition of pollutant would eliminate these costs and burdens.”
     But the EPA rejected has rejected the trade group’s argument, relying instead on its own interpretation of the Clean Air Act.
     ARTBA wants a declaration that the EPA overstepped its bounds by denying its petitions.
     The group is represented by Lawrence Joseph.

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