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[Editor's note: a recent book by two academics, Struggling for Air, was critical of the content and process associated with the writing of the 1970 Clean Air Act. The book has prompted the following open letter by two people intimately involved with the law's drafting. I should note that I worked for Mr. Billings for about a decade, some years after his federal service. He has never received sufficient credit for his service -- or for a law that has produced such dramatic success. (If it's so bad, why are the big polluters always trying to change it? See Dirty-AirBnB.) But let the letter below speak for itself.]
Monday, August 29, 2016
Now some of those key players seem to be shifting their offensive to a different battlefield -- this time in concert with a controversial Texas scientist. In an excellent story you might have missed, Greenwire on Friday noted the "rare" campaign to place an industry-friendly state scientist on a key EPA clean air panel.
The scientist, Michael Honeycutt, is the chief toxicologist with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He has been a fierce critic of tougher public health standards for ozone, or smog. http://bit.ly/2bNgZlN In the process, he has become a darling for the oil and gas industries.
And now the love is really starting to show!
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The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.