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Written on: January 30, 2024

From the National Propane Gas Association Bobtail

On January 17, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two blockbuster cases (Loper Bright Enterprises, Inc. v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce) concerning whether to overturn the case Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which held that courts should defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous statute. This Chevron doctrine gives agencies broad and often effectively unchecked power to interpret Congressional statutes and issue regulations. If Chevron is overturned, the ruling will have broad ripple effects across the federal government and potentially open up new avenues toward challenging federal agency action. NPGA’s legal team will continue to monitor these and other cases challenging agency actions. A decision in Loper and Relentless will likely come at the end of June 2024. Questions? Contact Director of Regulatory Affairs and Associate General Counsel Kate Gaziano at kgaziano@npga.org.