Tuesday, April 18, 2006

AMA Pans Bush Soot Plan

The American Medical Association has come out with what amounts to a repudiation of EPA’s proposal on particle soot. See critical conclusion sentence, below.

The AMA is recommending the same plan for fine particles as recommended by the American Lung Association, Clean Air Watch and other health and environmental groups that have panned the Bush administration proposal.

This is highly significant.

AMA did not take a position like this the last time EPA reviewed these standards in 1997.

AMA is generally considered pretty close to the Republican Party (lobbyists include Michael J. Bates, part of the policy advisory group for the Bush-Cheney 2000 election; Bill Timmons, Jr., formerly with the RNC and Senate Republican Election Committee; Bryce Harlow, who worked for the Reagan and Bush 1 administrations; and in-house lobbyist Richard Deem, who used to work for Republican Dick Schweiker). This letter may cause some ripples in Republican lobbying circles.

It also sharpens the question: will EPA listen to the industry spin doctors, or the real doctors?

In conclusion, the AMA supports more stringent standards for PM2.5 comprised of 12 μg/m3 for the average annual standard; 25 μg/m3 for the 24-hour standard; and use of the 99th percentile form for compliance determination

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