Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Greenwire: Bush officials confirm it's a bad soot decision

Today's Greenwire cites Bush administration officials as confirming that the final EPA decision on particle soot will not square with the recommendations of EPA's independent science advisers.

"Administration sources say the White House has decided no update is needed to the Clinton-era standard for fine particles when the pollution is measured on an annual basis," Greenwire reports.

Greenwire noted that last December, EPA Administrator Steve Johnson "proposed the same levels as the ones EPA is ready to finalize, the sources said. That proposal triggered an uproar from the agency's outside body of scientific advisers."

Unfortunately, this decision was based on political science, not real science.

It will mean thousands of Americans will die prematurely.

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