Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Rep. Waxman to EPA: lead proposal "dangerous"

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), one of Congress's biggest clean-air defenders, has jumped on the EPA for suggesting that it might eliminate national clean air standards for lead.

"I am urging you to renounce this dangerous proposal immediately," Waxman said in a letter today to EPA Administrator Steve Johnson.

EPA raised the prospect of killing the lead standard -- a move sought by the lead smelting lobby -- in a release and fact sheet yesterday. EPA also disclosed that it was changing the entire process for setting clean air standards -- something sought by the oil industry.

Waxman alluded to this in his letter: "I have heard serious concern from within the agency that under your leadership, EPA is considering taking additional deregulatory actions that may harm public health in the weeks ahead."

More on the EPA action on the Air America Radio/Ecotalk program at

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