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API welcomes high court decision EPA carbon rules

Zachary Cikanek | 202.682.8114 |

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 ─ API welcomed a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail aspects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources, such as refineries.

“Today’s decision will help to ensure that permitting requirements fall within the authority granted by Congress,” said Harry Ng, API vice president and general counsel. “It is a stark reminder that the EPA’s power is not unlimited. Any new rules should be designed to complement – not strangle – the manufacturing renaissance America is experiencing thanks to new energy production. We’re pleased with the Court’s decision.”

In October, the Supreme Court announced that it would review EPA rules that require complex and lengthy permits to build or modify facilities that emit GHGs. API, joined by a coalition of leading manufacturing associations, argued successfully that the EPA’s rules overstep the authority granted by Congress in the Clean Air Act. The petitioners joining API, including NAM, represent nearly every facet of American manufacturing, construction, and business – employing millions of Americans.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.