Thursday, December 07, 2006

Mr. Clean Strikes Again

Oh My! The Bush administration has just discovered that we have lowered lead pollution in our atmosphere by some 90 percent in the last quarter century and are quickly stepping in to correct this grave situation. Bush EPA officials assured the media that we can quickly reverse this trend and get the levels back to the levels we enjoyed twenty five years ago. (snark)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is considering doing away with health standards that cut lead from gasoline, widely regarded as one of the nation’s biggest clean-air accomplishments.

Battery makers, lead smelters, refiners all have lobbied the administration to do away with the Clean Air Act limits.

A preliminary staff review released by the Environmental Protection Agency this week acknowledged the possibility of dropping the health standards for lead air pollution. The agency says revoking those standards might be justified “given the significantly changed circumstances since lead was listed in 1976″ as an air pollutant.

The EPA says concentrations of lead in the air have dropped more than 90 percent in the past 2 1/2 decades.
h/t to Susie

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