"The Corporate Air Pollution Plan puts decades of progress in improving air quality and public health on the chopping block," said Earthjustice's Maria Weidner. "By reintroducing this unpopular, controversial legislation, the Bush administration grossly underestimates the American public. No amount of window dressing is going to convince people that gutting the Clean Air Act is a step in the right direction for public health," Weidner asserted.
Some of the most egregious ways the Corporate Air Pollution Plan would attempt to undercut current law include:
"This initiative is an absolute sham," said Jim Cox, Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice. "The administration is pretending to 'clear the air' by using only smoke and mirrors," Cox stated. "The dirty little secret behind this proposal is that it makes the air more hazardous to the health of Americans, for generations longer than current law allows."
"The current Clean Air Act requires that industrial polluters be good neighbors and control their harmful emissions," said Weidner, "Changing the law to take these critical protections away not only hurts public health across the nation, it is an unpardonable abuse of the trust placed in federal elected officials by the American public."