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E-M:/ EPA fought states over tougher mercury laws

WASHINGTON — While arguing in court that states are free to enact tougher mercury controls from power plants, the Bush administration pressured dozens of states to accept a scheme that would let some plants evade cleaning up their pollution, government documents show.
“The administration circled the wagons in fighting the states,” said William Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, which represents state and county air policy officials. The group worked closely with states to develop their mercury plans.

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