Trucking and Towing Cases Illuminate Preemption Trends in the Supreme Court

Vol. 28 No. 4

Ms. Prabhu is an attorney-adviser in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The views expressed here are those of the author only and do not necessarily represent those of the United States or U.S. EPA.

A central theme of environmental law is the division of regulatory authority between states and the federal government. Federal environmental statutes envision an active role for states in implementing and assuring compliance with national standards. Under the Clean Air Act, a quintessential example of cooperative federalism, states are responsible for developing implementation plans to ensure that air quality meets National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which are established by the federal government. 42 U.S.C. §§ 7409, 7410.

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