“The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from some states, industry and Congress, is expected to ease an air quality rule that would require power plants in 27 states to slash emissions,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
The EPA, which made the rule final in July, plans to propose as early as this week to allow certain states and companies to emit more pollutants than it previously permitted, [sources] said. The states and companies affected couldn’t be learned.
If true, this ought to be viewed as a classic move on EPA’s part to divide-and-conquer the opponents of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
The beneficiaries of the move will gladly take advantage of it, leaving the omitted parties in a politically weakened state. The only winner in the end will be the EPA.
EPA is an agency with the power to do whatever it wants — and that unconstrained power is way too much for any agency.