June 28, 2024 Abigail M. Jones

PennFuture's Statement on SCOTUS Overruling Chevron Doctrine

Today, in its decision on Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimando, the United States Supreme Court overturned the case of Chevron v. NRDC, from 1984, one of the most cited and relied-upon cases in our legal system.

"Chevron has stood for the foundational idea that certain issues are technical, nuanced, and require high levels of expertise that are beyond the knowledge of an individual judge. The Supreme Court today dismissed that bedrock principle, instead choosing a path where decisions that center on the valuable input of scientists, doctors, and people who are experts in their fields can be ignored. 

The stated goal of the challengers in this case was to weaken agency regulations that protect Americans' health and safety.  While this decision, like many from the Supreme Court, attempts to sound reasonable and focused on only the business of the courts in reviewing agency regulations, the real-world impacts of this decision will be far-reaching, and will result in harm to our communities, especially those most at risk, and our environment." — Abigail M. Jones, PennFuture's Vice President of Legal and Policy