Courts: Pollution regulators ok to base standards on future technology

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says
regulators may require pollution controls on future technologies
that don't exist.

The Los Angeles Times says Monday's unanimous decision is a victory for air pollution agencies that set standards intended to spur the development of new, greener technology.

Paint manufacturers had sued the South Coast Air Quality
Management District over standards that limited the use of
pollution-causing substances in paints and other coatings. The suit said rules should rely on the best available
technology.

But the court rejected that argument, saying air pollution
agencies may require pollution controls based on technologies that do not exist but may be reasonably anticipated.

The Associated Press

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