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Samuel A. Alito

Clean air gets scrubbed

Clean air gets scrubbed

What is the value of being able to eat fish? What price should be put on birth defects that show up in a human fetus? What about the cost of people dying much earlier than they should have if not for an encounter with a toxic chemical? To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, we live in an age where it's possible to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. Perhaps that's something a majority of the Supreme Court might have mulled over — maybe while eating lunch that likely did not include king mackerel or other seafood that now carries a health warning — in their decision to block U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations limiting the harmful emissions from...

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