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California's low-carbon rules blocked by judge

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 5:23am
Reuters

(Reuters) - A federal judge in California has blocked that state's rules designed to favor producers of gasoline and other fuels that generate lower greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for ethanol producers and refiners.

District Judge Lawrence O'Neill of the federal court in Fresno issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday. He found that the regulation adopted in 2010 by the California Air Resources Board unconstitutionally discriminated against out-of-state producers and impermissibly tried to regulate commercial activities outside California.

That board plans to appeal, according to several published reports. It was not immediately available on Friday for comment.

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