Saturday, March 18, 2006

Take That Bush

Several states and cities took the Environmental Protection Agency to court and won, thus preventing a weakening of the Clean Air Act. It ain't much, but we'll take whatever victory we can in this fight against Bush and his administration.
A federal appeals court Friday blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from easing clean air rules on aging power plants, refineries and factories, one of the regulatory changes that had been among the top environmental priorities of the White House.

The new rules, strongly supported by industry representatives, would have allowed older plants to modernize without having to install the most advanced pollution controls.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington declared that the EPA rules violate the Clean Air Act and that only Congress can authorize such changes.

Fourteen states and a number of cities, including New York, San Francisco and Washington, had sued to block the change in 2003, saying it allow more air pollution.

Don't ya just love it when people like this judge do their job well?

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