Monday, December 14, 2009

American Road & Transportation Builders v. EPA

Dec 11: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 08-1381. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is a trade organization representing the “transportation construction industry” -- companies that build roads, public transit systems, airports and the like. In 2002 ARTBA petitioned the U.S. EPA to amend two regulations implementing § 209(e) of the Clean Air Act. EPA had originally promulgated the rules in 1994, and then readopted them in 1997. After some litigation over the Agency’s failure to act on ARTBA’s petition, EPA formally opened it to public comment in 2007, then rejected it in 2008.

Shortly thereafter, ARTBA sought review in the D.C. Circuit Appeals Court. The Appeals Court dismissed dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction, on the grounds that National Mining Association v. U.S. Department of the Interior, 70 F.3d 1345 (D.C. Cir. 1995), "requires us to treat ARTBA’s petition to EPA as a challenge to the regulations it sought revised, and that judicial review of such a challenge is time-barred under Clean Air Act § 307(b)(1). . ." The Appeals Court dismissed the case saying, "We conclude that we are without jurisdiction to hear this petition."

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