The Center supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Supreme Court's decision is a victory for global warming mitigation because nuclear power plants do not emit any greenhouse gases and some traditional environmental groups are trying to use water permits as a way to shut them down. Although some fish eggs are destroyed by all power plant intakes, unreasonable expenses that would close plants and lead to rate shock to customers should be considered. The Supreme Court made the right decision. Morever, current Ristroph Screens provide sufficient protection at these intake areas. A negative ruling could have required hundreds of power plants to install super expensive cooling towers. Companies would shut down older plants before building cooling towers.
Voting with the majority were Justices Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Dissenting: Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The majority noted that:
"We conclude that the EPA permissibly relied on cost-benefit analysis in setting the national performance standards."Center President Norris McDonald, pictured above right, attended the December 2, 2008 hearing. (AP, Reuters)