From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: President Bush Gutting Clean Air Rules

August 27, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 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.

"The Bush Administration’s 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 30 years.

"The Bush 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.

"President Bush’s new rules protect coal-fired power plants built in the late 1920s. We cannot afford to support Model-T policies in the 21st century.

"Clean 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."




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