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WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee said today that the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) issued this morning by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not go far enough to reduce pollution and will inevitably face litigation. The rule intends to reduce and permanently cap emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the eastern United States.
“While the CAIR rule is one small step for 29 eastern states the Clear Skies act we tried to pass would require reductions across the entire country, is better than current law, and more stringent than CAIR with reductions required fully two years earlier,” Senator Inhofe said. “Clear Skies would have done far more to help state and local governments comply with the NAAQS standards than this regulation. It is shameful that the environmental extremists and their supporters in Congress killed a far better legislative approach over the political issue of carbon caps. This regulation is inferior to the legislation and will result in more litigation, uncertainty, and fewer lives saved than the Clear Skies bill. I still await the opponents of Clear Skies to come to the table with a legislative counter offer to the multiple proposals Senator Voinovich and I have offered the Committee.”