More Petitions Filed Challenging EPA’s Endangerment Finding

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Groups challenge EPA’s reliance on scientific reports to find danger in greenhouse gas emissions.

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The New York Times and the Washington Post report that additional petitions for review of EPA’s endangerment finding have been filed by, among others, Texas and Virginia as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Iron and Steel Institute.  These various petitioners have signaled that they will argue that EPA acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner by relying on faulty scientific assessments.

A roadmap to some of the legal arguments against EPA’s finding can be found in the Texas petition for reconsideration filed with the EPA.  Texas argues, among other things, that EPA cannot rely solely on the judgments reflected in other assessment reports, such as principally that of the IPCC.  Instead, the Administrator must make her own independent assessment of the evidence, Texas argues.

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