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AUGUST 1, 2002
1:39 PM
CONTACT:  US Public Interest Research Group
Rebecca Stanfield,, 202-546-9707 x342
44 Senators Oppose EPA's Rush to Weaken Clean Air Protections
Statement of Rebecca Stanfield, Staff Attorney
WASHINGTON - August 1 - We applaud each of the 44 Senators who have written to U.S. EPA Administrator Whitman today to urge her to put the brakes on a plan that would leave Americans with fewer protections against smog and soot. Senators Edwards and Lieberman, who led the effort, are to be commended for exposing the shell game that EPA is playing with public health and the environment.

The Senators rightly point out that there is no existing analysis showing that EPA's proposed changes will not result in greater pollution emitted from power plants, refineries and other industry smokestacks. Given the Administration's history of allowing the polluters to re-write our environmental regulations, the public cannot be expected to simply trust that EPA is acting in the best interests of public health and the environment. Until EPA performs an analysis that proves their rules will improve air quality, and until they provide a full opportunity for public comment on the details of their entire package of changes to the New Source Review program, no changes should occur.

We hope that the 44 Senators who signed the letter released today will actively work to stop any changes to clean air rules that would allow any facility to increase its emissions of soot and smog forming pollution.

U.S. PIRG is the national lobby office for the state Public Interest Research Groups. State PIRGs are non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy groups.

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