- July 1 - The non-profit Clean Air
Trust had the following reaction to today's media stunt by EPA
Administrator Christine Todd Whitman:
"Ten months ago, EPA's professional staff concluded that
`business as usual' - enforcement of the Clean Air Act - would mean
less pollution throughout the nation, including the Southeast, than
would replacing the law with an Enron-style emission-trading
scheme," noted Frank O'Donnell, executive director of the Clean Air
"Now, Whitman is trying to argue the opposite. In what can only
be assumed as an effort appease financial contributors from the
coal and electric power industries, EPA has, in effect, cooked the
books to make the Bush Administration's plan seem more favorable.
Perhaps EPA has hired some of those Arthur Andersen accountants to
help cook the books," said O'Donnell.
He noted that the Bush Administration wants to weaken and even
eliminate new source review.
"This is the core EPA rule that protects national parks such as
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," where Whitman appeared
today, said O'Donnell. "Astonishingly, EPA wants to gut this clean
air program, which helps protect visibility and prevent significant
air quality degradation in the parks."
"Whitman recently admitted that she hadn't read a federal report
- posted on EPA's web site and written by agencies, including EPA
- that pointed out human activities are causing global warming,"
"Perhaps the Clean Air Act and its core rules are something else Whitman
hasn't read," said O'Donnell.