Aspen Skiing Co. hopes to join EPA suit
ASPEN ” The Aspen Skiing Co. intends to once again join the heavyweights fighting a national court battle over regulation of greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles.
The state of California sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for denying its first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs. Another 15 states plan to intervene. The Sierra Club and National Resources Defense Council head a coalition of environmental groups that filed a petition in the case.
Auden Schendler, executive director of the Skico’s community and environmental responsibility department, said the Skico is ready to intervene on the side of the states and environmental groups.
“This is really, really important,” he said. “[The EPA] is doing whatever they can do not to regulate CO2.”
The Skico was allied with many of the same states and environmental groups in a case argued last year before the U.S. Supreme Court on a related topic. The Skico filed an amicus brief or information as a “friend of the court.” The Skico was one of several private company involved in that litigation.
In that case, the court said the Clean Air Act gives the EPA authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.
In this latest dispute, the EPA said states have no business setting emissions standards. California doesn’t want to wait for the federal government to set those standards. The lawsuit was filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Schendler said he intends to call his contacts at the National Resources Defense Council and make the offer to join the fray. While Skico isn’t a big firm, it is high profile and could draw attention to the issue, he said.
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