Thursday | January 02, 2003
NE states challenge Bush pollution rules
Changes in Clean Air Act regulations that take effect today have been immediately challenged by nine Northeastern states.
Eliot L. Spitzer, the New York attorney general and an organizer of the suit, said, "The Bush administration has taken an action that will bring more acid rain, more smog, more asthma and more respiratory disease to millions of Americans."The regulations allow old coal-powered plants to upgrade without installing pollution-reducing equipment.
But that wasn't enough -- Bush's people also issued a new proposal that would allow more power plant and industrial facilies to escape pollution controls.
I'm not up on my administrative law, so I couldn't speculate on the suit's chances. But the attorney generals will argue that Bush couldn't relax the rules without Congressional approval. In effect, Bush's actions violate the letter of the Clean Air Act, and are thus illegal.
And how about a bit of irony to ring up the new year?
The nine that filed today were Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.That's what you get for being a "moderate" in the GOP. You get to participate in an Orwellian administration and its allies that argue that relaxing pollution controls will improve air quality:
The National Association of Manufacturers said the rules would "help further clean air and boost energy security" and "provide business planners with greater certainty as they work to increase production and limit air pollution in a cost-effective manner."Posted January 02, 2003 08:51 AM | Comments (13)