LEGAL EXPERTS DEBATE APPEALS RULING IMPACT ON AIR ENFORCEMENT

December 1, 2005
Environmentalists say a federal court ruling could enhance activists' ability to cite clean air monitoring data in pursuing alleged environmental violations, though industry attorneys are downplaying the significance of the decision. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued a summary judgment ruling Nov. 22 in Sierra Club, Alabama Environmental Council, Inc. v Tennessee Valley Authority over alleged opacity violations -- a measure of particulate matter pollution -- at a power plant in Colbert County, AL. The ruling...


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