MMA Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Restricting EPA’s Permitting Authority

June 24th, 2014

MMA Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Restricting EPA’s Permitting Authority

Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, issues the following statement on behalf the MMA Board of Directors:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 23, that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the power to require burdensome new permits for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all “stationary sources,” including Mississippi manufacturers.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is a victory for the integrity of our regulatory process and rational limits on administrative agency power. The Supreme Court agreed with MMA that EPA may not regulate the entire American economy by requiring burdensome new permits for millions of small- and medium-sized manufacturers, schools, hospitals, office buildings, churches, warehouses and other buildings.

MMA has played an active role in objecting to EPA’s authority to impose air permits for GHG emissions on Mississippi’s manufacturers from the beginning of the appeals process years ago. A ruling that upheld EPA’s permitting authority would have cost Mississippi manufacturers millions of dollars and had a severe impact on economic development in our state.

MMA is proud to have been a part of the business coalition that fought the long battle to stop EPA’s unlawful expansion of its authority over manufacturers. The EPA was never authorized to implement these unrealistic permitting regulations under the Clean Air Act, and MMA applauds our nation’s highest court for upholding both the letter and the spirit of the law.