SENATE PASSES CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS

The Senate has voted 89-11 to pass sweeping U.S. clean air legislation after accepting an amendment on reformulated gasoline the oil industry had opposed. The bill, the first major revision of the Clean Air Act in 13 years, is very similar to the compromise Senate leaders and the Bush administration negotiated last month (OGJ, Mar. 12, p. 23). The administration estimated the Senate bill will cost the nation $20 billion/year in addition to the $33 billion/year currently being spent.

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