A federal appeals court on Tuesday said state authorities are allowed to establish air pollution monitoring requirements to supplement Environmental Protection Agency requirements that are deemed insufficient.

Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, immediately heralded the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which voted 2-1 to vacate a rule in the Clean Air Act. The court ruled against the EPA and the Washington, D.C.-based American Petroleum Institute.

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