Groups File Lawsuit Over EPA Endangerment Finding


The Southeastern Legal Foundation has joined forces with 12 House Republicans and 16 other associations and companies in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal appeals court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by the Southeastern Legal Foundation on behalf of the members of Congress and the organizations, most of which are based in Georgia.

The Atlanta-based foundation filed a petition for reconsideration of the finding with EPA in December and is filing a supplemental petition with disclosures of scientific errors and fraud in the finding, according to the foundation.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced an agency finding Dec. 7 that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and that cars and light trucks cause or contribute to the emissions. The endangerment finding allows EPA to move forward with proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The agency is planning to take final action in March.

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to overturn the endangerment finding, and in the House to rescind EPA authority over greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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