Europe, North America, Strategic Development

Greenhouse gases ‘are pollutants and should be regulated’ — US court

The ruling, which may have global implications eventually, came in docket no. 05-1220: Massachusetts vs. EPA; a case in which that state and 11 others, as well as 13 non-governmental petitioners, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector. Three main questions were put before the Court. First: do states have the right to sue the EPA to challenge its decision on the regulation of GHGs? Second, does the Clean Air Act give the EPA the authority to regulate tailpipe (exhaust) emissions of GHGs? Third, does the EPA have the discretion not to regulate those emissions?

Nearly 1000 jobs have been secured in Fort Frances, north-western Ontario, Canada following the approval of plans by newsprint giant Abitibi-Consolidated to spend C$84 million (US$73 million) to build a biomass cogeneration plant at its pulp and paper mill there.