Draft Air Rule Could Be a Gift to Polluting Industries Thousands of old, highly polluting power plants and other industrial facilities could get a free pass under a draft air-pollution rule that the Bush administration is expected to put in place before the end of the month. The rule, which represents a big win for oil, coal, and electric companies, would allow old plants to make significant upgrades without having to install new anti-pollution equipment. The result: Polluters would save millions or even billions of dollars while continuing to pump out hundreds of thousands of tons of air contaminants. New …
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