Wednesday, August 27, 2003
::: Brilliant New Plan Announced :::
As detailed in Americans take it in the ear again
The new rule relaxes the agency's definition of "routine maintenance," a catch-phrase Congress adopted in its 1977 Clean Air Act amendments to describe the only reason an industry could modernize without having to install best-available pollution control technology.
This rule is desperately needed to make America's power plants, factories and refineries safe and reliable," said Jeffrey Marks, director of air-quality policy for the National Association of Manufacturers.
Scott Segal, a lobbyist and attorney for six large utilities, said even the new allowance for replacement costs wouldn't fix all the shortcomings in the new source review program, but it would "move us along the path of improving efficiency and reliability of the electric power system."
Environmentalists describe the new rule as aa giveaway to utilities and industry, allowing many of the nation's dirtiest coal-burning power plants and other facilities to release millions of tons of additional pollution into the air.
"This latest rule on NSR is just one more flagrant violation of the Clean Air Act and every court's opinion on this matter," said Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., the No. 2 senator on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
"This is the single most destructive anti-clean air rule in the history of the Clean Air Act," said Vickie Patton, a senior attorney in Boulder, Colo., for New York-based Environmental Defense, an advocacy group.
The EPA issued other changes to the new source review program last December that eased pollution-control requirements for utilities, oil companies and manufacturers. But the administration said last month it would briefly reconsider parts of those new rules, after several environmental groups and states downwind from the biggest industrial sources of air pollution sued to overturn them because of concern for public health.
::: And ::: Breslin says he was ashamed to complain
::: EPA Lies to New Yorkers After Tradegy of 9-11 :::
Breslin says ...
I did not feel well for two months. I never said anything because I was too embarrassed. A couple of thousand had died. So many others were scorched and broken and maimed. I had no right to open my mouth, I thought. Besides, from the first day, the government's Environmental Protection Agency had announced that air was remarkably clean. Work on. Breathe on. You're fine.
They lied. They lied because the administration did not want people not going to work. They lied the first week and they lied the week after that and they have lied every day of the past two years to the people of this city.
The most miraculous part of these stories is the undying, absurdly loyal base of people who STILL believe everything Dubya says ... but me .... no more!!!