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Another Blow to Bush's EPA

POSTED: 02:03 PM ET, 08/20/2008 by Derek Kravitz

In a decision that environmental groups are calling a "significant victory," a federal appeals court yesterday ruled that an Environmental Protection Agency rule curbing state and local control of pollution monitoring violates the Clean Air Act.

Critics say the Bush-backed rule prevented states and local governments from cracking down on pollution-causing power plants, factories and oil refineries. The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed.

In a 2 to 1 decision, Judge Thomas B. Griffith wrote for the majority that federal standards cannot ensure proper monitoring, so states and local governments "must be allowed to fill the gap," The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reported.

Yesterday's ruling was the latest setback to the Bush administration's beleaguered EPA.

Last month, House Democrats questioned the White House's involvement in an EPA administrator's decision to block California's bid to regulate vehicles' tailpipe emissions, overruling EPA officials in favor of the mandate. Ex-EPA official, Jason K. Burnett, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the White House ordered the EPA to block California's request, contradicting earlier Senate testimony by EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson.

More than a week before the California show-down, a federal panel threw out a major part of the administration's aggressive plan to reduce soot and smog in the Eastern and Midwestern states, saying the EPA overstepped its authority.

Despite pressure from the Supreme Court to take action, the Bush administration has opted not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the end of the year, leaving the matter of increasing regulations to the next administration.

By Derek Kravitz |  August 20, 2008; 2:03 PM ET
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Goodness. How did this happen? Some solid environmental logic from a Bush era court. Stay away Supreme ones. Let this stand!

Posted by: Jim Goodwin | August 20, 2008 4:17 PM

Well only about 150 days until the most corrupt Administration lead by the Village Idiot from Crawford, Texas President George Walker Bush is done as of January 19, 2008. It will be a fine day when the Village Idiot George Walker Bush returns to Crawford where he may get a job that he is qualified to do and that is cleaning toilets.

Posted by: morriso | August 20, 2008 4:23 PM

Add it to the long list of illegal orders by the Bush Administration. When ever they're told that they can't do something because it's illegal, they either say "So!" or they fire the person who says so.

Want more? Vote for McCain.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 20, 2008 5:55 PM

Would you have to go to the EPA to register the White House as a toxic waste dump....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 20, 2008 8:12 PM

The EPA? What's that?

Posted by: Trident420 | August 21, 2008 10:18 AM

Why do the top members of the Bush administration hate life on earth? Why are they leaving a huge debt for future generations to deal with? Why have they ignored the obvious impacts of global warming? Why can't Americans have cleaner air and water? Why is Bush attacking the Endangered Species Act? Will the widespread corruption end a just a few more months?

Half of the voters in American supposedly put these fools in office TWICE! Will the great uninformed keep repeating the mistake and vote for John McSame?

Posted by: voultron | August 21, 2008 12:03 PM

Link broken.

Politics page link said this was about missing emails investigation.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 21, 2008 12:31 PM

Too little, too late, I'm afraid. The Environmental Protection Agency (in name only during the Bush Administration) should bear some responsibility for the areas they've allowed to slide. It's too bad we can't indict these people who have disabused their public trust.

Posted by: MT Guy | August 21, 2008 12:53 PM

How can anyone vote for McCain and continue
the stupid antics of the Republican party in Washington? I have been a registered Republican for over 50 yrs. and I am horrified at the way this administration has pilfered the good things about USA.

Posted by: Ruth | August 21, 2008 2:16 PM

EPA under Bush administration=EVERY POLLUTANT ALLOWED.Enough said.

Posted by: pinkydink53 | August 21, 2008 3:12 PM

For 8 years, the Republicans have been contaminating the EPA,FDA,CPSC,FEC,SEC with little opposition from the courts. January 20, 2009 with Obama, there is hope that the American government can begin to function again. Business corruption of the government agencies through the Bush admin has gone too far. Evidenced the "tomato" foul up. I don't believe anything the Bushco agencies put out these days. Buy a tomato, no sir!! No me.

Posted by: CarmanK | August 21, 2008 11:21 PM

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