Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on Thursday morning allowed the government to keep in effect its rule designed to curb air pollution with mercury and other toxic substances from the smokestacks of power plants. In a simple order that gave no explanation, and acting without referring the issue to the full Court, the Chief Justice rejected the plea of twenty states to block enforcement while the Environmental Protection Agency continues a study of the cost of the rule to the electric-generating industry.
Last Term, in the case of Michigan v. EPA, the Court ruled…
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