Sen. Carper Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding EPA’s Good Neighbor Rule

WASHINGTON– Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-2 decision to uphold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or the “Good Neighbor Rule,” attempts to ensure all states are good neighbors by cleaning up their air pollution that drifts across their borders, which poses significant risks to public health in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
“I am thrilled that the Supreme Court made a very wise decision to uphold the EPA’s lifesaving efforts on clean air and reverse the D.C. Circuit Court’s wrongful vacating of this rule,” Sen. Carper said. “Downwind states, like Delaware, can only do so much to protect against the harmful impact of air pollution without cooperation from their neighbors. These common sense policies will go a long way in protecting our environment and the health of millions of Americans – including thousands of children with asthma and respiratory issues – in many parts of the country where we are forced to deal with the polluted air that drifts over from other states. I always try to live my life by the Golden Rule, to treat others the way I want to be treated. The Good Neighbor Rule essentially makes sure states follow the Golden Rule for clean air – making sure we all do our part to clean up air pollution.”
The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is EPA’s replacement of the Clean Air Interstate Rule, which also addressed interstate air pollution and was remanded by the D.C. Circuit Court in 2008.