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Lead Industries Association, Inc. v. EPA

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
647 F.2d 1130 (1980)


Facts

The Lead Industries Association, Inc., a non-profit trade association representing 78 members who producer and commercial consumers of lead, along with St. Joe Minerals Corporation (plaintiffs) filed a petition in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (defendant), challenging the agency’s air quality regulations for lead under §§ 108 and 109 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Plaintiffs claimed the EPA Administrator exceeded his authority under the CAA by setting air quality standards for lead that went well beyond what was contemplated by the statute without considering the economic impact on the industry the regulations would have.

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