Bush Defends Clean Air Act Changes

Date: September 10, 2003

Source: News Room

President George W. Bush has taken to the road to defend the EPA's change in clean air rules as necessary to allow power plants to upgrade their equipment and keep the U.S. economy going. The rewrite of the New Source Review rules that govern upgrades to utilities, petroleum refiners and thousands of other facilities allows industry to make major plant upgrades without installing expensive pollution-reduction equipment, and lets older plants to operate beyond their intended life span. Bush says the policy needed to be changed to allow plants to upgrade quickly to improve their reliability, rather than progress through a complicated government review process. Several Democratic presidential candidates said the Senate should block confirmation of Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, Bush's choice for EPA Administrator, until the administration revises its clear air policy.
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