Yes, friends, the race the on for the Bush administration to push out those 11th-hour, polluter-friendly rules.
And the latest to pop up is what the Bush EPA opaquely describes as the “increment modeling” rule. It is now under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. :http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?ruleID=287204 (We’ve been warning about this for the past month.)
As you may recall, this highly controversial rule would make it easier for electric power plants and other big smokestack sources of air pollution to site near national parks and wilderness areas. It would do this by changing the way companies estimate the impact of their pollution on the parks and wilderness areas – essentially to pretend there would be less damage than would really occur.
This is an extremely duplicitous rule change. (How many people know what “increment modeling” means?)
It really ought to be called the “dirty air in the parks” rule.