Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Clean Air Act Attack

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Clean Air Act Attack

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CLEAN AIR ACT ATTACK

Rep. Henry Waxman (D, Calif.) and EPA Administrator William Reilly expressed opposing viewpoints recently, when both men appeared before a House subcommittee investigating EPA's success in implementing the Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments of 1990.

On the day of the hearing before the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, Reilly said that EPA has been successful in its implementation thus far. He noted that the agency has issued 35 proposed rules, nine final rules, seven guidance documents, and 13 lesser notifications in the time since the CAA amendments were enacted in November 1990. Reilly pointed out that 55 major rulemakings and 30 guidances were required in the two years that follow the law's passage.

Reilly claimed that the rules that have so far been promulgated will, when implemented, remove almost two-thirds of the 56 billion lb of air pollutants that the Clean Air Act amendments are supposed to remove by 2005. …

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