Wednesday, February 23, 2011

EPA knuckles under and becomes another gov't sponsored corporate entity

EPA trims costs to control toxic air pollution

By DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press – Wed Feb 23, 3:53 pm ET
WASHINGTON – Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.
In an overhaul of air pollution regulations, the EPA said it found ways to control pollution at more than 200,000 industrial boilers, heaters and incinerators nationwide at a 50 percent cost savings to the companies and institutions that run them. Those operating large boilers that burn renewable fuels would not be required to install some expensive technologies, and only maintenance would be required for smaller boilers. That would cost $1.8 billion less each year than the original proposal, and still avert thousands of heart attacks and asthma cases a year, the agency said.

This isn't about "trimming cost." This is about giving corporations a free ride to spew as much pollutants as they want into the atmosphere when they burn their trash and produce steam.

Once again the Obama administration shows it's true colors as being a part of the gov't that is of, by and for the corporations.

This country is fucked.

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