Friday :: Nov 7, 2003

Bush Finishes Job of Gutting the Clean Air Act


by Steve

In the ultimate and shameless confirmation that environmental accountability has vanished with the Bush Administration, the EPA is stopping any further litigation against power plant operators who previously were accused of violating the Clean Air Act when they expanded their facilities. After saying for months that their recent weakening of the Act would be prospective only, the EPA changed course Wednesday and said that they would apply the new weaker standards, which have already been challenged in court by numerous state AGs, retroactively. The plant operators, notably many coal-fired plants that contribute heavy pollution to the Rust Belt and Northeast, were naturally ecstatic, since such a decision seriously undercuts existing litigation against them. Amongst the winners is Southern Company, a big Bush campaign contributor and new employer of a former Bush EPA official.

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