Bush Trashes The EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is working overtime to scuttle the Clean Air Act -- in effect, trashing the environment.
August 31, 2003, 9am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"As we watched in horror this week, the EPA announced a major relaxation of air pollution rules giving essentially free rides to the worst polluters in the country, including utilities, chemical plants and pulp and paper mills. Instead of producing less toxic waste in the air after making major upgrades or repairs, as is the explicit intent of the Clean Air Act, the rule change would allow the polluters to spew as much as they are now, or more, without penalty.""The critical connection that New Yorkers should never forget is this: 90 percent of the pollution corrupting our air, acidifying lakes, killing the trees dotting our highest elevations, comes from 70 out-of-state dirty utilities, mostly in the Midwest. Rightly, Spitzer says we'll sue. Washington is giving us an in-your-face, and let's respond in kind.""Because this rule change amounts to the EPA administratively twisting the will of Congress, legal experts say a challenge stands a very good chance."

Thanks to Sam Gold

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Published on Friday, August 29, 2003 in Times Union
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