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News Posted on March 13, 2014

Professor Frank Comments for Daily Journal on Supreme Court Environmental Case

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank commented for the Daily Journal on the pending U.S. Supreme Court case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. The case, which concerns whether the EPA's authority extends to regulating stationary sources of greenhouse gas emissions such as power plants, is "without question the most important environmental case on the Supreme Court's docket this year," said Frank.

"If the Court applies its traditional principles of deference to administrative agency expertise, the U.S. EPA should prevail in the case," Frank said. "The complicating consideration is... the Supreme Court doesn't generally take up cases to affirm, and the EPA won a sweeping victory in the D.C. Circuit."

Frank, a 1974 graduate of King Hall, is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.