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US climate law gives Clean Air Act a legal boost after court rebuke

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    The [Inflation Reduction Act] amends the Clean Air Act under Title VI, which lays out air pollution provisions, to include new sections on clean vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions, and port pollution.

    “There’s a tapestry that is woven throughout the fabric of the Clean Air Act under this legislation that makes it abundantly clear it is EPA’s responsibility to address climate pollution, meaning greenhouse gases or air pollutants,” Environmental Defense Fund general counsel Vickie Patton said.

    That includes defining the term “greenhouse gas” as carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.


    That kind of legal boost is useful after June’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court climate battle that curtailed the agency’s ability to broadly regulate power plant carbon emissions.


    The law also includes a series of robust mandates to address methane leaks, which are being tackled globally as a major source of planet-warming emissions.

    The law largely provides incentives for companies looking to stem their excess methane, but its language clearly signals from Congress that methane prevention should be a regulatory priority, which helps insulate future methane regulation from major questions challenges.

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