On March 4, 2015, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists in State of Michigan, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (U.S. 14-46 and consolidated cases). This case involves challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from power plants. In its brief, the Clinic argued that Congress, in directing EPA to regulate power plant HAP emissions if “appropriate and necessary,” intended that the agency make a decision based on a scientific analysis of the public health impacts of the industry’s emissions, and that cost would be factored in later when setting the regulatory standards.
Clinic student James Zhu (J.D.’16) wrote the brief with Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs and Senior Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho.