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E-M:/ Bush relaxes environmental regulations

WASHINGTON -- With little fanfare, the Bush administration recently announced that pesticide users would no longer have to get a federal Clean Water Act permit to spray toxic chemicals over rivers, lakes and streams.

To the White House, it was the latest in a series of efforts to reduce burdensome federal regulations that vex business owners and local governments. To conservation groups, it was President George W. Bush using his power to once again weaken environmental and public health laws.