North Dakota congressional delegation, environmental activists speak out on Supreme Court EPA decision

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota's congressional delegation and the attorney general are happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that curbs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's power.

The court ruled Thursday that Congress hadn't given the EPA the power to regulate carbon emissions coming from power plants. Senator Kevin Kramer says the ruling is a "win for democracy, cooperative federalism, the American people, and North Dakota."  Senator John Hoeven says the decision pushes back against "burdensome rules" imposed by the Biden administration. Congressman Kelly Armstrong released a similar statement, while North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley called the ruling a "landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory."

North Dakota environmental groups say, however, they are disappointed with the Court's ruling regarding the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency. The decision rolls back the authority of the EPA to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

Activists say the ruling hurts the EPA's ability to respond to the challenges facing the country.