The Supreme Court actually delivered a ruling Monday that wasn’t in the Obama administration’s favor. The justices halted further implementation of the 2011 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule after determining that the Environmental Protection Agency did not fully consider its financial burden on companies. The rule was designed to reduce the levels of toxic mercury that power plants release into the air and water. But environmentalists were not totally dismayed at the decision, according to The Post’s Robert Barnes and Joby Warrick. For one thing, the court didn’t strike down the regulation itself and it could be reinstated after changes are made. What’s more, many utilities have already moved to comply with the rule ahead of next year’s deadline.

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THE BROADER VIEWNational Journal writes that the impact of the Supreme Court’s EPA ruling could extend to Obama’s broader regulatory agenda. Several legal scholars interpret the court’s decision as applying to more than just one environmental regulation. Instead, agencies may need to more carefully consider the costs of any regulations they choose to impose.”This is a groundbreaking administrative-law case. It essentially says that when a statute is ambiguous an agency must consider costs,” said Justin Savage, a partner at Hogan Lovells who previously served as a Justice Department lawyer under the Bush and Obama administrations.

NOT IN MY BACKYARD. A ban on hydraulic fracking in New York became official Monday. The administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited harm to both the environment and public health as the reason for the decision. The state has been under pressure from the natural gas industry to allow fracking after imposing a moratorium seven years agoThe Hill notes that New York  is the first state with substantial gas resources to ban the practice

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FILL THE TANK TODAY. The residents of six states will pay more at the pump starting July 1 as increased gas taxes go into effect. Motorists in Idaho, Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Nebraska and Vermont will shell out more to refuel. Californians, on the other hand, will pay less. The analysis comes from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, and was reported by The Hill