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US Supreme Court overrules Chevron doctrine, imperiling an array of Federal rules

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Supreme Court has overruled the Chevron Doctrine, a 1984 decision mandating courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes
• This landmark ruling threatens a wide array of regulations, particularly those related to the environment, health care, and consumer safety

🔭 The context: The Chevron Doctrine has been cited in 70 Supreme Court decisions and 17,000 lower court rulings
• Conservative groups have long opposed it, arguing that it grants too much power to agencies, while supporters contend it allows specialized agencies to effectively implement Congress's laws

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The ruling reduces the authority of executive agencies, potentially destabilizing regulations designed to protect the environment and public health
• Agencies may now face challenges in implementing and enforcing rules critical to combating climate change and ensuring public safety

⏭️ What's next: The decision emerged from cases involving federal regulations requiring fishermen to pay for government-mandated observers on their boats
• With the Chevron Doctrine overturned, courts will now play a more active role in interpreting statutes, potentially leading to less regulatory stability

💬 One quote: "It is the role of courts, not executive branch officials, to determine the meanings of statutes." – Opponents of the Chevron Doctrine

📈 One stat: The Chevron Doctrine had been relied upon in 17,000 lower court decisions over the past 40 years

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