Breaking Down West Virginia v. EPA


The Ohio River Valley Institute hosts a panel of legal experts for a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on West Virginia v. EPA.

The decision stands to limit the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to lower greenhouse gas emissions and combat the climate crisis. The Court holds that the Clean Air Act did not give the EPA authority to set emissions limits for existing power plants based on the power sector’s ability to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner, more cost-effective renewable energy sources.

ORVI Executive Director Joanne Kilgour moderates a discussion on the legal and practical climate implications of the ruling with Jamie Van Nostrand, Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law, Robert B McKinstry, Jr., a decorated environmental lawyer and co-founder of Ballard Spahr’s Environment and Natural Resources Group and Climate Change and Sustainability Law Initiative, and Miranda Leppla, director of the Environmental Law Clinic within the Milton and Charlotte Kramer Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Joanne Kilgour

Joanne Kilgour, Esq. is an environmental lawyer and nonprofit professional with a passion for justice and democracy. Informed by her work with the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, Joanne is committed to securing social, economic, and environmental policies that support communities while demanding long-term structural change.