Lawyers see possibility of a market-based rule from EPA, but 'not an easy path forward'
US states sue EPA to stop greenhouse gas rules
At least 15 states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to stop it from issuing rules controlling greenhouse gas emissions until the agency reexamines whether the pollution harms human health. Allison Wood, environmental lawyer with the firm's Washington office, told Reuters that the suits could push some lawmakers to support the climate bill if they oppose EPA regulation and the legislation preempts the agency from taking action. In Platts, she noted that there is a chance for EPA to pursue an emissions cap-and-trade program to tackle greenhouse gases, but it would face the question of whether it could sustain legal scrutiny. Wood's practice focuses on environmental and administrative law, with an emphasis on air issues.