Anthony Kennedy
Supreme Court conservatives skeptical about EPA mercury rule

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices questioned the high cost of a new Obama administration environmental regulation Wednesday, raising the possibility they could block the strict emissions rule for coal-fired power plants. Chief Justice John Roberts said it “raises a red flag” when the Environmental Protection Agency says the rule would cost about $9.6 billion a year, but save only about $6 million a year by removing toxic mercury from the air. “Your position is you don’t need to consider costs,” a skeptical Justice Anthony Kennedy told a lawyer defending the new rule. The justices sounded closely split on whether to uphold or reject the...