The amended Clean Air Act required these "nonattainment" States to establish a permit program regulating "new or modified major stationary sources" of air pollution. Generally, a permit may not be issued for a new or modified major stationary source unless several stringent conditions are met. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. Gorsuch, U. In light of its conclusion that the legislative history bearing on the question was "at best contradictory," it reasoned that "the purposes of the nonattainment program should guide our decision here.

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Madison , 5 U. But the Constitution sets no express limits on how much federal authority can be delegated to a government agency. Rather, limits on the authority granted to a federal agency occur within the statutes enacted by Congress. It is also worth noting that federal courts are constitutionally of "limited jurisdiction".

Congress bestowed on them the authority to adjudicate administrative matters in Skidmore v. See generally 1 K. In order for an agency interpretation to be granted deference, it must be consistent with the congressional purpose. Espinoza v. Farah Mfg. FCC, U. Gorsuch , adopted a new definition that allowed an existing plant to get permits for new equipment that did not meet standards as long as the total emissions from the plant itself did not increase.

A two-part analysis was born from the Chevron decision called the "Chevron two-step test" , where a reviewing court determines: First, always, is the question whether Congress has directly spoken to the precise question at issue.

If the intent of Congress is clear, that is the end of the matter; for the court, as well as the agency, must give effect to the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress. If, however, the court determines Congress has not directly addressed the precise question at issue, the court does not simply impose its own construction on the statute. Chevron, 18 years later, was able to invoke Chevron deference to win another case, Chevron U. Echazabal, U.

Three 21st-century decisions of the Supreme Court may limit the scope of administrative agency actions that receive Chevron deference to agency decisions that have the "force of law". Harris County suggested that Chevron deference should apply to formal agency documents which have the force of law while Skidmore should apply to less formal agency documents in an attempt to draw a bright line for the question of "force of law" under Chevron step zero.

In King v. Burwell , the Supreme Court has suggested that Chevron deference may be inappropriate in regulatory actions of "deep economic and political significance", [14] hinting at the possibility of substantially limiting, or even eliminating, the doctrine.

For everyone except officials of the regulatory state, judges do not defer to anything except the text of the law in question and the body of case law accompanying it. Supreme Court case City of Arlington, Tex. It is also easily expressed: A court should not defer to an agency until the court decides, on its own, that the agency is entitled to deference. Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. If Congress has "directly spoken to the precise question at issue," we said, "that is the end of the matter.

A contrary agency interpretation must give way. Madison , 1 Cranch , , 2 L. The rise of the modern administrative state has not changed that duty. Indeed, the Administrative Procedure Act , governing judicial review of most agency action, instructs reviewing courts to decide "all relevant questions of law. A duty expressly assigned to them by the APA and one often likely compelled by the Constitution itself.

State[ edit ] At the state level, Arizona has statutorily overturned Chevron deference with respect to most of its own agencies.


Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. NRDC, 467 U.S. 837 (1984)

Generally, a permit may not be issued for such sources unless stringent conditions are met. EPA regulations promulgated in to implement the permit requirement allow a State to adopt a plantwide definition of the term "stationary source," under which an existing plant that contains several pollution-emitting devices may install or modify one piece of equipment without meeting the permit conditions if the alteration will not increase the total emissions from the plant, thus allowing a State to treat all of the pollution-emitting devices within the same industrial grouping as though they were encased within a single "bubble. Although recognizing that the amended Clean Air Act does not explicitly define what Congress envisioned as a "stationary source" to which the permit program should apply, and that the issue was not squarely addressed in the legislative history, the court concluded that, in view of the purpose of the nonattainment program to improve, rather than merely maintain, air quality, a plantwide definition was "inappropriate," while stating it was mandatory in programs designed to maintain existing air quality. However, when a new administration took office in , the EPA, in promulgating the regulations involved here, reevaluated the various arguments that had been advanced in connection with the proper definition of the term "source" and concluded that the term should be given the plantwide definition in nonattainment areas. Similarly, the legislative history is consistent with the view that the EPA should have broad discretion in implementing the policies of the Amendments.


Chevron USA Inc v Natural Resources Defense Council: The Birth of Chevron Deference

Motaur However, this is only appropriate once a SIP is adopted that will assure the reductions in existing emissions necessary for attainment. Reforming the Clean Air Act 28 footnote omitted. It does, however, plainly disclose that in the permit program Congress sought to accommodate the conflict between the economic interest in permitting capital improvements to continue and the environmental interest in improving air quality. Views Read Edit View history. I should note that the test for determining whether a new or modified source is subject to the EPA interpretative regulation [the Offset Ruling] — and to the permit requirements of the revised implementation plans under the conference bill — is whether the source will emit a pollutant into an area which is exceeding a national ambient air quality standard for that pollutant — or precursor.



Madison , 5 U. But the Constitution sets no express limits on how much federal authority can be delegated to a government agency. Rather, limits on the authority granted to a federal agency occur within the statutes enacted by Congress. It is also worth noting that federal courts are constitutionally of "limited jurisdiction".


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