Judge: EPA Has No Duty to Periodically Review Industrial Pollution Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no duty to review risks associated with major sources of industrial pollution on an ongoing basis — but it must update emissions-control technology for coke ovens and other sources of pollution every eight years, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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Emissions Scandal

The Clean Air Act does not prevent two counties from enforcing regulations against Volkswagen for tampering with post-sale vehicles by updating the software in cars to better avoid and prevent compliance with federally mandated emission standards, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The court notes its ruling may “result in staggering liability for Volkswagen.”

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