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In a ruling late last month, the United States Supreme Court ended the decades-long precedent of the Chevron settlement.

Chevron deference is the latitude that federal judges give regulators to interpret the laws they administer in the event of a dispute. It has allowed experts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration – to name a few – to interpret often intentionally vague laws.

Now the federal judiciary will have far more control, and enforcement of some laws could be delayed in the courts for years.

Sandy Baruah, CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, calls it a “win” for the business community.

“(The ruling) prevents overinterpretation and abuse of power by unelected officials,” Baruah said.

There are fears, particularly among environmental groups, that rolling back Chevron’s regulations could lead to companies regulating themselves, thereby weakening the EPA’s influence.

“I strongly disagree. That’s an interpretation that no one should accept,” Baruah said. “Legislators really need to be clearer about what they want, because right now one or two sentences in a passed law can lead to 500 pages of government regulations.”

Baruah is convinced that the end of Chevron’s dominance will also lead to a balance in the regulatory system, despite the change of government.

“If a conservative or Republican administration is in office, they may want to interpret federal law in a certain way, but they may not be able to do that,” Baruah said. “So what constrains the liberals will, if you will, constrain the conservatives as well.”

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