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West Penn Power Co. v. Train

Citation: 6 ELR 20658
No. No. 75-1259, 538 F.2d 1020/9 ERC 1206/(3d Cir., 07/30/1976)

The court dismisses, on the basis of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Union Electric Co. v. EPA, 6 ELR 20570, an industry petition for review of the EPA Administrator's approval of the Pennsylvania air quality implementation plan. Petitioner mistakenly asserts that court of appeals review under § 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act is the only forum in which it can raise claims of economic and technological infeasibility before a court, and that denial of its petition would therefore violate due process. As the Supreme Court pointed out in Union Electric, such claims are relevant to fashioning an appropriate compliance order and can be raised in enforcement proceedings under § 113(a)(4) of the Act.

Counsel for Petitioner
Harold R. Schmidt
Lawrence A. Demase
Edwin J. Strassburger
Rose, Schmidt & Dixon
9th Floor Oliver Bldg.
Pittsburgh PA 15222
(412) 281-3311

Counsel for Respondent
Alfred T. Ghiorzi
John E. Varnum
Department of Justice
Washington DC 20530
(202) 739-2709

Susan P. Legros
Office of the General Counsel
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington DC 20460
(202) 755-2500

Maris, Van Dusen & Hunter, JJ.