Uproar over NSR clarification looks like opportunism

09/15/2003
To hear environmentalists and their friends in Congress tell it, clarification by the Environmental Protection Agency of confusing emission regulations will devastate US air quality."BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO GUT CLEAN AIR ACT," wailed a press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council. "This is even worse than expected," moaned a "deeply saddened and outraged" Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.). "UThis rule is a victory for polluting power plants and devastating defeat for public health and the environment."Nonsense. EPA on Aug. 27 simply defined "equipment replacement" under provisions of the new source review (NSR) program dealing with routine maintenance, repair, and replacement.An ou...
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