From New York Times:

The Supreme Court decided today not to take up General Electric Co.’s legal campaign over how U.S. EPA exercises its authority to order companies to clean up hazardous waste sites.

GE, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has fought a lengthy battle against the agency’s authority under the Superfund statute, formally known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, to issue so-called unilateral administrative orders.

If companies refuse, they can face treble damages and daily fines of up to $37,500.

GE says the law creates an uneven playing field that gives EPA too much leverage in negotiating settlements with companies.

But courts have rebuffed GE every step of the way and the Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene in the case, General Electric v. EPA, means the legal issue is decisively resolved in EPA’s favor.

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