Federal Energy Agency v. Algonquin Sng, Inc. 426 U.S. 548 (1976)
FEDERAL ENERGY AGENCY v. ALGONQUIN SNG, INC. 426 U.S. 548 (1976)
A unanimous Supreme Court, through Justice william j. brennan, upheld the constitutionality of oil import licensing fees imposed under the Trade Expansion Act (1962) and the Trade Act (1974). Under those statutes the President was authorized to "adjust" imports of commodities if the importation was in such quantities or under such conditions as to threaten national security. This was not an improper delegation of power, as the laws established preconditions for and limits upon its exercise. Furthermore, the court ruled, license fees were as acceptable a means of adjusting levels of importation as quotas.
Dennis J. Mahoney