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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2004
CONTACT: Doug Kendall, 202-296-6889

COMMUNITY RIGHTS COUNSEL REACTION TO SUPREME COURT DECISION UNDERMINING IMPORTANT CLEAN AIR SAFEGUARDS


Community Rights Counsel ("CRC") is disappointed with the Supreme Court's ruling today in Engine Manufacturers v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, No. 02-1343, which undermines efforts by States and local governments across the country to clean the dirty air inhaled by millions of Americans.

In the words of Doug Kendall, CRC's Executive Director, "It is a bad ruling for more than 100 million Americans who breathe unhealthy air every day. Preemption is federalism's forgotten frontier. This ruling shows that the Supreme Court honors its purported presumption against displacing state and local government powers in the breach, even when dealing with critical protections for public health that is traditionally dominated by state and local control."

CRC is a nonprofit public interest law firm in Washington, D.C. that helps States and local governments defend against constitutional challenges to health, welfare, and environmental protections. CRC filed a brief in the Engine Manufacturers case on behalf of state and local government clients including the National League of Cities, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators.

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