"The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Obama administration’s plan for controlling emissions of mercury and other toxins from power-company smokestacks, saying the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cost of the rules first, "Robert Barnes reports in the Washington Post.
The court’s 5-to-4 decision halts further implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, which required hundreds of coal-burning plants to install equipment to control mercury, a substance linked in multiple studies to respiratory illnesses as well as birth defects and developmental problems in children.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority, which included Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissenting opinion for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
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