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Chlorine Chemistry Council v. EPA

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
206 F.3d 1286 (2000)


Facts

Pursuant to the authority conferred by the Safe Drinking Water Act (the Act), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (defendant) promulgated a rule that set the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for chloroform at zero, despite there being scientific evidence to suggest that some exposure to chloroform, below a threshold level, posed no risk of cancer. Chlorine Chemistry Council, a trade association comprised of chlorine and chlorine product manufacturers, and others (plaintiffs) sought review of the promulgated rule in federal court, claiming the EPA’s decision was contrary to § 300g-1(b)(3)(A) of the Act which states that the EPA Administrator shall use the “best available” evidence when implementing provisions of the Act.

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