Friday, October 07, 2005

Facing defeat, Barton hoists white flag on new source review

Facing a rebellion by moderate Republicans and the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Rep. Joe Barton apparently has dropped his bid to kill the Clean Air Act’s new source review rules.

So it looks as if the coal-burning electric power industry may have lost part of its bid to cash in on Katrina.

But the overall legislation remains highly controversial. IT would still delay clean-air standards, threaten to undermine the government’s diesel pollution clean-up strategy, and give the industry-sympathetic Energy Department authority to trample on state and local authorities.

More developments as they happen today, as the legislation is debated in the House of Representatives.

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