President Bush Gutting Clean Air Rules
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the
following statement on the Environmental Protection Agencys
new regulations on new source review which weaken the
Clean Air Act. The regulations will make it easier for older industrial
facilities and power plants to upgrade without reducing the pollution
they emit. Currently, when plants are upgraded they must meet Clean
Air Act requirements.
Administrations new rules will gut the Clean Air Act by allowing
large industrial polluters that are expanding or upgrading their
facilities to dodge rules that have been in place for more than
Administration has once again sided with special interests over
the public interest. Allowing large industrial polluters to upgrade
and modernize without including the pollution controls needed to
protect Americans health is not in the public interest.
Bushs new rules protect coal-fired power plants built in the
late 1920s. We cannot afford to support Model-T policies in the
air is not a luxury. Nearly 175 million Americans live in areas
that fail to meet the health-based air standards of the Clean Air
Act. Health conditions that are linked to air pollution, such as
asthma, are on the rise. The Bush Administration should increase
its enforcement of the Clean Air Act, not gut it."