[eDebate] Top 5 NDT Speakers / EPA wins

brian rubaie brubaie
Mon Apr 2 10:12:30 CDT 2007


For anyone interested--

Top speaker was Gabe Murillo of Wayne State. Jessica Yeats of Idaho State
was the second speaker. Blake Johnson and Conor Cleary of Oklahoma were
third and fourth. Malcolm Gordon of UMKC was fifth.

In other news, the Court ruled in the EPA decision. From SCOTUS blog:

EPA Must Consider Warming Again

10:12 AM | Lyle Denniston |

Ruling 5-4, the Supreme Court on Monday found that the federal government
had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases that may contribute to global
warming, and must examine anew the scientific evidence of a link betweend
those gases and climate change. In the most important environmental in
years, the Court rebuffed the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that
regulating those gases was beyond its authority, and its claim that it would
not take action even if it did have the power to do so. Justice John Paul
Stevens wrote for the majority.

That decision came in *Massachusetts v. EPA *(05-1120). The Court also
concluded that the state of Massachusetts had a right to sue to challenge
EPA on the climate change issue.

This was one of two rulings on the merits Monday.

The second decision, also in an environmental case, upheld EPA's view that
changes in power plants that may contribute to air pollution must be done
only with a permit if there is an annual increase in emissions. The Court
rejected the Fourth Circuit Court's view that the permit requirement applied
only if there is an hourly increase in emissions. The case was *Environmental
Defense Fund v. Duke Energy Corp.* (05-848). The decision was written by
Justice Souter. The vote was unanimous, although Justice Clarence Thomas
filed a separate concurring opinion.
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