The high court ruled against labor and environmental organizations that have long battled expansion of Mexican trucking within the borders of the United States despite a guarantee this country made when it signed the North American Free Trade Agreement more than a decade ago.
The president has authority to open the border, the high court ruled, and a federal agency responsible for truck safety has no say in the matter. Thus, the agency was under no obligation to study environmental effects from opening the border, as a lower federal court had ordered.
â€œThe Courtâ€™s decision,â€ commented Gail Ruderman Feuer, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which intervened on the case, â€œwill increase deadly particulate pollution and smog by allowing tens of thousands of dirty diesel trucks from Mexico to travel into communities in the U.S. already plagued by poor air quality.â€
According to NRDC: