George Orwell remains alive and well at the Bush EPA.
Today the agency issued new rules which it said would "improve" air pollution monitoring.
Actually, in the fine print, the rules note that EPA would eliminate about 600 monitors under the theory that the air has gotten so clean that we don't need to measure it as much.
You've heard of "don't ask, don't tell." This would be "don't measure, don't find."
Industry is already praising the new rule, which would replace the discarded monitors with about 75 monitors designed to measure more than one pollutant.
State air pollution agencies are skeptical -- especially since the Bush administration has called for a 40 percent cut in spending on air pollution monitors.