What Justice Scalia's Death Means for Environmental Challenges Headed to High Court


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The sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend raises questions about the future of environmental policy issues headed to the high court.

Several Daily Environment Report reporters dove into the issue and hammered out some stories to explain what could happen next for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Act policies and explored the legacy Scalia left on environmental law.

Anthony Adragna reports that the death of Scalia immediately increases the odds the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan survives judicial review, attorneys and other observers told Bloomberg BNA.

Rebecca Wilhelm reports that Scalia's most significant impact on environmental law is his contribution to standing and administrative law jurisprudence, legal scholars told Bloomberg BNA.

Amena Saiyid reports that Scalia's narrow interpretation of Clean Water Act rulings influenced both litigation and legislation against a rule that clarifies the scope of the law. His narrow readings are expected to be used in upcoming challenges to the rule in the Supreme Court.