Supreme Court to Hear Industry Challenge
to Proposed EPA Regulations
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), heading
a consortium of various associations, including the Glass Association
of North America (GANA), began oral arguments before the nation’s highest
court in late February, challenging the proposed new Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) standards dealing with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The
Supreme Court isn’t expected to render a decision until June, but Kim
Mann, the Washington, D.C.-based attorney representing GANA, says he expects
the outcome to be a close one.
“There is no way to predict how the court will decide this very complex
issue,” says Mann. “It should be a close decision–5-4 sounds about right–but
GANA and its fellow industry co-petitioners are, as lawyers often say,
‘guardedly optimistic.’ ”
NAM’s argument is that the Clean Air Act does not authorize EPA to regulate
GHG emissions from stationary sources, such as factories and plants, meaning
that plants and factories should not be subjected to the state permitting
regimes when companies construct or substantially rebuild or expand those
facilities, says Mann.
The court announced in October that it would hear the case.
The announcement came as welcome news to both NAM and GANA officials,
who have long decried the proposed EPA measures as government overreach
that would prove both costly and threatening to their industries’ global
“No matter what the court decides,” Mann says, “it is likely not the end
of the battle over EPA regulations of GHG. What form those future battles
take will depend primarily upon what exactly the Supreme Court says in
its opinion deciding this case.”
Correction The Cardinal Glass ad that ran in the
March issue had an error in the headline. Two words were transposed so
the headline read “zero point zero two percent” instead of “zero point
two zero percent.” The copy in the ad body was correct: Cardinal’s 20-year
IG unit failure rate is 0.2%.
Cardinal sincerely apologizes and hopes this has not caused any confusion.
PPG Awarded DOE Funding to Develop New
PPG Industries’ flat glass business has received $312,000 from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a dynamically responsive infrared
(IR) window coating.
The funding is part of an award of up to $750,000 being shared with project
leader Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The two are working
together to design a coating that can switch from a solar IR-reflecting
state to a solar IR-transmitting state while maintaining high levels of
daylight transmittance in either condition. PPG will provide an additional
$78,000 in cost-sharing, according to information from the company.
The coating potentially could be used in both commercial and residential
“PPG’s glass business is tightly focused on energy-efficiency research
and development for windows and more,” says Mehran Arbab, director of
glass science and technology for PPG. “Not only is it a market driver
for our company, we believe it is simply the right thing to do.”
The two-year project is designed to develop the coatings on a laboratory
scale. If development is successful, the product could be scaled up and
potentially commercialized within several years, according to PPG.
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