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14 States File to Enjoin Loosened Air Act Regs

The Clean Air Act, which I've written about before, is in the news again.

This time, 14 States Attorneys General (did I get those plurals right?) sought an injunction today to stop the USEPA's move to relax regs on December 26. Apparently, a late present from the USEPA to the President.

The spoilers (attorneys general) representing the states are all Democrats, save one. Former Attorney General Peter Heed of New Hampshire is the sole Republican joining in this suit.

According to published articles, a spokesman for the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council redicted the effort would fail. "This is just another attempt by the attorney general to delay reforms that will improve efficiency and reduce emissions," said the spokesman, Frank Maisano.

"If these rules go into effect even temporarily," said New York former State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, "utilities will get the green light to spew forth pollution and violate the clear meaning of a statute that has for decades protected the quality of the air that we breathe."

USEPA spokeswoman Cynthia Bergman said the agency had not yet seen Monday's filing, but accused Spitzer of "making charges without having facts."

Lawyers. They all look at the same thing and see it five different ways. Oh yeah - that's what I do, too!

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