Editorial: Punishment vs. progress

The US has new occasion to choose between genuine environmental protection and environmentalist punishment of disfavored industries. And the oil and gas industry has a fresh chance to show how those motives clash.The administration of President George W. Bush has begun a review of several of its predecessor's environmental excesses. Prominent among the issues under study is the Environmental Protection Agency's 1998 reinterpretation and retroactive enforcement of the new source review (NSR) program of the Clean Air Act. EPA's new approach to NSR is a plague on refiners. Formerly exempt projects suddenly require permits. Retroactive enforcement of the requirement penalizes refi...

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