A Last Push To Deregulate White House to Ease Many Rules By R. Jeffrey Smith Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 31, 2008; A01 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/30/AR2008103004749_pf.html ...One rule, being pursued over some opposition within the Environmental Protection Agency, would allow current emissions at a power plant to match the highest levels produced by that plant, overturning a rule that more strictly limits such emission increases. According to the EPA's estimate, it would allow millions of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, worsening global warming.
A related regulation would ease limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants near national parks.
A third rule would allow increased emissions from oil refineries, chemical factories and other industrial plants with complex manufacturing operations.
These rules "will force Americans to
choke on dirtier air for years to come, unless Congress or the new
administration reverses these eleventh-hour abuses," said lawyer John
Walke of the Natural Resources Defense Council. ...