Ducking and covering

When the going gets tough, the on-the-spot make themselves unavailable:

The Environmental Protection Agency might drop some investigations into whether coal-burning power plants, refineries and factories are violating federal clean air laws. The agency said in a statement that for now it is vigorously pursuing cases it already has filed against various plants, but will take a case-by-case approach to decide whether to pursue or set aside pending investigations.

HOWEVER, AN EPA official said senior agency managers were told Tuesday night at a meeting in Seattle to set aside current investigations and enforcement work unless past activities violated the newly loosened pollution rules. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said such a retroactive application of new regulations to possible past violations was unprecedented.

Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the instructions — attributed by the agency source and an environmental group to J.P. Suarez, EPA’s enforcement chief — confirm his worst fears.

“First the administration weakens our clean air law, and now it won’t enforce it,” he said. “Instead of fighting pollution, this administration is at war with the Clean Air Act. Innocent bystanders, such as children, the elderly and the infirm, will be the principal casualties.”

EPA would not make Suarez available Wednesday but issued an agency statement.

“As the agency has consistently stated,” it said, “we are vigorously pursuing all filed cases and we will evaluate each pending investigation on a case-by-case basis to determine whether it will be pursued or set aside.”

They forgot to mention that they were “focused on the problems using sound science”.

Man, things have really gotten sloppy around there since Christy Whitman retired to a Borders in Passaic….



Yeah. Like I would tell you....