Another example of how truly bad the Bush Administration has been on environment issues involves the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has been working to relax air quality rules and make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other pollution-emitting enterprises near national parks and wilderness areas. The agency is taking this action even though half of the EPA’s ten regional administrators have formally opposed the plan. The push by the Bush Administration to weaken the Clean Air Act involves changing the method used to measure air pollution near national parks so that pollution is averaged over much longer periods, effectively diluting large spikes. Polluters are thereby protected from violating the law. Jeffrey R. Holmstead, who served as chief of EPA’s air and radiation office, helped initiate the change. Holmstead has since left the EPA and you won’t be surprised to learn that he now works at the power industry legal and lobbying firm Bracewell & Giuliani.
Source: Washington Post
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