Last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a press conference to claim that dirty air problems in the U.S. were caused by pollution from places as far-flung as Africa.
Now the other shoe has dropped. The Chamber – a consistent foe of clean air controls – has joined an industry lawsuit to try to invalidate the already-weak EPA standards for particle soot.
Other litigants include power companies, the steel industry, the paper industry, the cement industry, corn refiners [weren’t the corn people supposed to be good guys?], the National Association of Manufacturers and others polluter groups.
Health and environmental groups led by the American Lung Association have also gone to court seeking tighter standards, as have 13 states and the District of Columbia, led New York State Governor-Elect Eliot Spitzer.