The online Manure Manager Magazine (essential literature when debunking anthropogenic global warming science) reports here that the Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas “endangerment” finding under the Clean Air Act because the agency did not submit the proposed finding to independent scrutiny by its Scientific Advisory Board.
Excerpts of the Pacific Legal Foundation release now follow:
The SAB is a panel of top scientists from universities, research institutions, and other highly regarded organizations, empowered by federal law to review any new “criteria document, standard, limitation, or regulation” that EPA proposes to issue under the Clean Air Act.
At issue is the EPA’s finding, announced in December, 2009, that “greenhouse gas” emissions from automobiles pose a danger to public health and welfare.
Even though courts have held that endangerment findings are ‘regulations’ – and therefore must be reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board – EPA dismissed PLF’s request and refused to allow review of its CO2 endangerment finding,”said Hadzi-Antich, attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.
The purpose of this lawsuit is to force EPA to obey the law and to ensure the integrity of the regulatory process. EPA cannot be allowed to evade the scrutiny and accountability that federal law requires.
EPA’s cavalier approach to regulation is especially outrageous when the economy is struggling and unemployment is at the highest levels in decades.
The greenhouse gas ruling could unleash a torrent of command-and-control regulations across the economy. Potentially, every activity that emits CO2 could be subject to new federal restrictions – from a steel manufacturing facility to a neighborhood pizza shop, and everything in between.
EPA cannot be allowed to impose a crippling burden on the economy by ignoring checks and balances, and shielding its regulatory process from legally required outside review.
Expect the EPA to get lawsuits from all sides, as it should. This is an overzealous power-grab by an out-of-control regulatory agency. It’s time to rein it in. Contact the: Pacific Legal Foundation.