New Rule Waives Clean Air Act Provision
KATHARINE Q. SEELYE; The New York Times
WASHINGTON - After more than two years of internal deliberation and intense pressure from industry, the Bush administration has settled on a regulation that would allow thousands of older power plants, oil refineries and industrial units to make extensive upgrades without having to install new antipollution devices, according to those familiar with the deliberations.
The new rule, a draft of which was made available to The New York Times by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, would constitute a sweeping and cost-saving victory for industries, exempting more than 17,000 industrial plants and refineries from a portion of the Clean Air Act.
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