ENVIRO - LOOKING TO LEAVITT FOR ANSWERS: The NYT reports this morning
that, with Gov. Mike Leavitt poised to take charge of the
Environmental Protection Agency, lawmakers are demanding "an
investigation into a Bush administration decision to drop air
pollution enforcement action against 50 coal-burning power plants."
Senate Democrats want to know why the EPA failed "to enforce the
previous, stricter rules" and charge "the new rules could endanger
ongoing cases, where utilities face billions of dollars in dirty air
fines." The pollution from the relaxed regulations, among other
things, would "aggravate asthma, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia."
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy expressed outrage, stating "the White
House policy was intended to 'coddle the big polluters, and the
public be damned.''"