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The Supreme Court declined to hear a case questioning the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to make rules on air quality. The case, Asarco LLC v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al, was a challenge to an EPA air quality rule putting a strict limit on sulfur dioxide emissions, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs argued to the Washington D.C. District Court whose decision they were appealing that the federal agency's rules were arbitrarily limited. The court obviously didn't agree and, at the urging of the State Department, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case either. Interesting development considering the EPA is expected to begin coming out with tougher rules as President Obama's second term swings into gear.