Supreme Court Decision Limits EPA, Other Agencies’ Abilities to Address Injustices, Crises Threatening Frontline Communities, Wildlife

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court’s rollback of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate power plant emissions will exacerbate the environmental injustices and public health crises facing frontline communities. The National Wildlife Federation urged Congress and the Biden Administration to reassert the EPA’s authority to broadly reduce emissions from the power sector and to prevent the courts from dismantling the federal government’s ability to act on the climate, wildlife, and environmental injustice crises.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a significant setback for the EPA and others agencies’ authorities to address the historic, environmental injustices facing frontline communities and wildlife. We must ensure that the court’s logic does not threaten the abilities of agencies to implement other environmental laws, from the Clean Air Act to the Clean Water Act,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Today’s ruling makes it even more imperative that Congress pass climate legislation and the administration use every tool at its disposal to minimize the harm of the court’s decision to people and wildlife alike.”

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