Before arresting me for murdering that guy, I think you should hear my complaints about how you’re enforcing the law

Does this suprise anyone?:

A change in enforcement policy will lead the Environmental Protection Agency to drop investigations into 50 power plants for past violations of the Clean Air Act, lawyers at the agency who were briefed on the decision this week said.

The lawyers said in interviews on Wednesday that the decision meant the cases would be judged under new, less stringent rules set to take effect next month, rather than the stricter rules in effect at the time the investigations began.

The lawyers said the new rules include exemptions that would make it almost impossible to sustain the investigations into the plants, which are scattered around the country and owned by 10 utilities.

The lawyers said the change grew out of a recommendation by Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force, which urged the government two years ago to study industry complaints about its enforcement actions. The Bush administration has said its goal is to ensure cost-effective improvements to air quality.


Representatives of the utility industry have been among President Bush’s biggest campaign donors, and a change in the enforcement policies has been a top priority of the industry’s lobbyists.

In a statement, the E.P.A. said that it had not made a formal decision to drop all the investigations and that it would review each “on a case-by-case basis to determine whether it will be pursued or set aside.”

A quick check of who contributed how much shouldn’t take more than a few hours, don’cha think?

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