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EPA v. Brown

ELR Citation: 7 ELR 20375
Nos. Nos. 75-909 et al., 431 U.S. 99/9 ERC 2074/(U.S., 05/02/1977) Vacated & remanded

The Supreme Court vacates and remands decisions of the Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits which invalidated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations requiring states to implement and enforce EPA-promulgated transportation control plans as part of their air quality implementation plans or face federal enforcement sanctions. The three courts of appeals all held that the regulations, or major portions thereof, exceeded EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act and raised constitutional questions concerning the states' Tenth Amendment rights. In a per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court notes that EPA has conceded in its brief that the challenged regulations are in need of essential modification. To review the regulations at this stage would thus be to render an advisory opinion. The cases are remanded for consideration of mootness.

Counsel for the Federal Parties
Robert H. Bork, Solicitor General; Peter R. Taft, Ass't Attorney General; A. Raymond Randolph, Jr., Harriet S. Shapiro, Ass'ts to the Solicitor General; Edmund B. Clark, Neil T. Proto, Michael D. Graves
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 739-2748

G. William Frick, General Counsel; John E. Bonine, Assoc. General Counsel; Gerald K. Gleason, Deputy Assoc. General Counsel; William F. Pedersen
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M St., SW, Washington DC 20460
(202) 755-2511

Counsel for Petitioners-Intervenors
David G. Hawkins
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
917 15th St., NW, Washington DC 20005
(202) 737-5000

Joel D. Joseph
Watergate Office Building, Suite 850
600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037
(202) 338-5560

Counsel for the State Parties
Bruce E. Babbitt, Attorney General; Anthony B. Ching, Ass't Attorney General
Department of Law
State Capitol, Phoenix AR 85007
(602) 271-4266

Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General; Joel S. Moskowitz, Mark I. Weinberger, Deputy Attorneys General
555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 445-9555

Francis B. Burch, Attorney General; Henry R. Lord, Deputy Attorney General; Edward M. Norton, Jr., Ass't Attorney General
One South Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21202
(301) 383-3737

Andrew P. Miller, Attorney General; Walter A. McFarlane, Deputy Attorney General; J. Thomas Steger, Ass't Attorney General
1101 E. Broad St., Richmond VA 23219
(804) 770-2071

John R. Risher, Jr., Corporation Counsel; Louis P. Robbins, Principal Ass't Corporation Counsel; John C. Salyer, Ass't Corporation Counsel
District Building, Washington DC 20004
(202) 629-3858