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[ATG]AG: Supreme Court decision in EPA case underscores principle of federalism
Start Date: 6/23/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/23/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS – The United States Supreme Court issued an opinion today finding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act in regulating greenhouse gases.  The Court ruled collectively on six cases before it, including Texas et al. v. EPA in which Indiana was one of 11 states that joined Texas as co-plaintiff.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, counsel for the State of Indiana, issued this statement:

“The Court’s majority opinion underscores a basic principle of federalism:  An executive branch agency cannot exceed the authority the legislative branch granted it and impose requirements on states not contained in law approved by Congress; if it does the Supreme Court can rein in the agency.  This is a reminder that when a federal agency overreaches, state governments serve a vital function as part of the constitutional checks and balances in questioning their actions and raising the question to the nation’s highest Court to decide,” Zoeller said.

Most of the legal work on the Texas v. EPA case was conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office; the Indiana Attorney General’s Office joined in the briefs filed by Texas and the other states bringing the challenge.  Indiana incurred no additional legal fees or costs to join in the case beyond the Indiana AG’s Office’s regular budget approved by the Legislature in advance.  This case was one of six known collectively as the Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et al. cases in which the Supreme Court ruled today in a majority opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will confer with its client, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, regarding technical details of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion.

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Name: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970
Email: Bryan.Corbin@atg.in.gov
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