NSR controversy says much about environmental politics

Only in politics. Only in an election year.The US Environmental Protection Agency wants to fix regulations that discourage refiners from changing plants to meet demand for fuels required by air-quality programs. And opposition politicians misrepresent the repair as a threat to air quality and public health.EPA on June 13 moved to change troublesome parts of the New Source Review (NSR) program established under the Clean Air Act."Once again," wailed House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, "White House political considerations have trumped our nation's commitment to promoting clean air and improving public health of millions."What nonsense.As it affects refiners, EPA's...

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