Friday, June 24, 2011

91 House members pressure EPA to kill updated smog standard

With the clock ticking -- and much of the nation still breathing unhealthful levels of smog -- 91 members of the House of Representatives are now leaning on the EPA to kill a planned update of national clean air standards for ozone, or smog.

EPA has several times delayed a decision on final standards (technically, a reconsideration of the bad decision made in 2008 by the Bush administration to ignore the agency''s science advisers) but has promised finally to make a call by late July. There have been reports that some within the White House would like EPA to reiterate the weak Bush standards while promising to continue reviewing more recent scientific studies.

This House letter essentially argues for the same sort of delay.

The letter was originated and first signed by Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) and includes signatures from 83 other Republicans. It also includes signatures from seven "dirty-dog" Democrats: Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), and Mike Ross (D-Ark.).

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