Airing Their Grievances
Nine attorneys general from Northeastern states are holding a press conference today in Washington, D.C., to warn the Bush administration not to weaken the Clean Air Act. Last week, the administration suggested that it would not adhere to strict Clinton-era standards for New Source Review rules, which require energy companies to install pollution controls when significantly upgrading power plants. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced that his state would sue the federal government if the Clean Air Act were substantially watered down. The states represented at today’s press conference stand to suffer from any weakening of the Clean Air Act, because pollution from plants in the Midwest and South tends to drift towards the Northeast.