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D.C. Circuit denies attempt to halt methane standards in a win for public health and the climate 

July 9, 2024

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit denied motions brought by industry and states to pause the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) protective limits on methane and smog-forming volatile organic compound pollution from new and existing oil and gas sources. 

“Today’s ruling is an important win for the climate and for communities that have long suffered from the impacts of air pollution from oil and gas sources, as it ensures the protections that were finalized months ago will continue to be implemented. This means that EPA’s rule, which will help protect communities from health-harming emissions, won’t be delayed further as the case progresses,” said Darin Schroeder, Methane Legal and Regulatory Director at Clean Air Task Force (CATF). “EPA’s rules are well grounded in its long-standing authority to protect the public from adverse effects of air pollution and are based upon an extensive technical record. CATF will continue to defend these rules against legal attacks.” 

Clean Air Task Force represents Earthworks in the litigation. The matter is Texas et al. v. EPA, No. 24-1054, and related cases.  

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