Supreme Court Clears Way For Battle Over Emissions Rules

New Mexico – The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for environmental groups to intervene in an ongoing legal battle over whether the state should regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Attorneys for the groups say they're pleased with Wednesday's decision since it will ensure proponents have a seat at the table as the regulations' fate is decided by the court system.

The court also addressed a motion that sought to overturn an appellate court decision that sent the case back to state regulators for consideration.

The justices say the Court of Appeals has the authority to remand the case, but that the groups also have the right now as interveners to ask that court to reconsider.

State regulators are set Monday to consider petitions filed by opponents to have the rules repealed.

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