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Saturday, July 3, 2010

EPA will use Clean Air Act to Attack Small Business

Applauding the defeat of the Murkowski Resolution, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released a statement consistent with the White House's "just lie" policy....
The Murkowski resolution also undermines EPA's common sense strategy for cutting greenhouse gases. Our carefully constructed approach exempts small businesses, homes, farms, and other small sources from regulation. We know that the local coffee shop or the backyard grill is no place to look for meaningful CO2 reductions. We're tackling our largest polluters and calling on Congress to pass a comprehensive energy and climate law -- one that would extend the protection of small businesses. (Read complete statement here.)

Targeting the largest polluters? Really?

With the failure to pass the Murkowski Resolution, through the EPA & an over reaching use of the Clean Air Act, Cap & Trade has been effectively enacted through regulation over legislation. Besides killing the coal industry & causing utility prices to skyrocket, the EPA will be targeting small business' Jackson claims to be exempting from these draconian measures.

A little know provision of the Clean Air Act -- the Integrated Urban Air Toxics Strategy -- small businesses will also become a target of the Green Energy Goon's at the EPA & the administration's quest for control....

From NYT -- (emphasis added)

The Environmental Protection Agency is 10 years behind schedule in setting guidelines for a host of toxic air pollutants, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

The report, which was released last week, found that the agency had failed to develop emissions standards, due in 2000, for some sources of hazardous air pollutants. These included smaller sites often located in urban areas, like dry cleaners and gas stations, but also some chemical manufacturers.

The inspector general also found that the agency had not met targets outlined in a 1999 planning document, the Integrated Urban Air Toxics Strategy, including tracking urban dwellers’ risk of developing health problems from exposure to pollutants.

For example, the agency’s last assessment of the risk of toxic air pollutants is based on emissions data from 2002. That analysis found that 1 in 28,000 people, or 36 in 1 million, could develop cancer from lifetime exposure to air toxics from outdoor sources. That number is an average, however, and people living in densely populated cities may face a higher risk.

Jeffrey Holmstead, who was assistant administrator for air and radiation at the E.P.A. from 2001 to 2005, said that even though Congress increased the agency’s budget when it passed significant amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1990, the E.P.A. still did not have enough money to fulfill all its requirements.

Some evidence suggests that there is now more attention being paid to this category of air pollutants within the E.P.A. The agency noted in its response to the report that for the first time in a decade, funds are shifting to the air toxics program this year to meet regulatory deadlines.

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