Clean Air Rule Changes Prompt Challenge

Coalition of New England and mid-Atlantic states to sue EPA.

Published: 31-Dec-2002

WASHINGTON (AP) - Major changes to clean air rules for utilities, refineries and manufacturers were being formally issued Tuesday by the Bush administration, prompting a court challenge from a coalition of New England and mid-Atlantic states.

``We think what they are doing is contrary to the Clean Air Act and it is fundamentally injurious to the American public,'' Eliot Spitzer, New York's attorney general, said in an interview.

The Environmental Protection Agency's easing of certain requirements of the Clean Air Act's ``New Source Review'' program was being published in the Federal Register. The program affects whether expensive new anti-pollution equipment must be installed when industrial facilities are modernized.

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