BUSH NAMES REGULATORY CZARINA: As we predicted several weeks ago, President Bush has named anti-regulatory ghoul Susan Dudley as the new regulatory czarina at the White House Office of Management and Budget. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060731-7.html
Dudley has been director of regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center, an alleged “think tank” underwritten by big polluters including Koch Industries. (If you recall the story last week by AP’s Seth Borenstein, you will note that Koch is simultaneously scheming to fight efforts to limit global warming emissions.) She has opposed tougher standards for smog and cleaner gasoline, among many other things.
Putting Dudley in this job is like naming Mel Gibson as a special Mideast Peace Envoy.
Dudley is married to one Brian Mannix, another anti-regulatory type who was placed in the US EPA by the Bush administration. Imagine the pillow talk: “How many rules did you kill today, dear?”
SPEAKING OF ANTI-REGULATORY DIEHARDS: a former hit man for Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is now at EPA and is being used as a conduit by the mining industry in its efforts to evade clean air restrictions. Michael Catanzaro, former Inhofe attack dog and hotshot in the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign, is now an aide to EPA Deputy Marcus Peacock. There is a flurry of activity at the EPA as the agency considers what to do about national air pollution standards for particle soot. The National Mining Association has put on a lobbying blitz – recounted to some degree in EPA’s official docket (we can help you document this) to try to make sure mining is exempt from any requirements. As part of this blitz, mining officials have funneled materials to Catanzaro, who in turn has passed them up the line.
MORE ON THE MINING CONNECTION: As the revolving door continues, EPA General Counsel Ann Klee is leaving to take a job with the DC law firm Crowell and Moring. Klee’s husband, John MacLeod, was one of the firm’s founding partners. He represents the National Mining Association and other mining interests. Isn’t it great to keep this stuff in the family?