On Friday, President Obama announced that he had asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the final National Ambient Air Quality Standard (known as a "NAAQS") for ozone pollution, which she and her expert agency had sent to the White House for review. The president's announcement is terribly bad news, and terribly bad policy, on several scores. 1. Law: The reason the president gave for asking EPA to withdraw its standard is an unlawful reason. President Obama explained that while his administration has taken actions (some only proposed) to strengthen protections under the Clean Air Act, he has, "[a]t the …
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Lisa Heinzerling is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University and author, with Frank Ackerman, of Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, published in 2004 by The New Press.