A number of states have enacted laws that limit state agency authority to adopt environmental rules and regulations more stringent than federal law requires. The chart below contains a citation and summary for state laws that apply broadly to environmental agencies, as well as those that apply specifically to state regulations adopted under the federal Clean Air Act. At least 19 states have one or more laws limiting state agency authority to adopt environmental standards. Statutes generally fall into one of two categories: (1) statutes imposing an unconditional restriction on state agency authority; and (2) statutes imposing a conditional restriction on state agency authority. Legislation is currently pending in North Carolina.
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