Congress does their job for a change, pounces on Stephen Johnson
POSTED ON 5/28/2008 | PERMALINK |0 Comments | BOOKMARK
Sez The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
The Committee held holding a hearing titled, “EPA’s New Ozone Standards” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing examined the new ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and the process the Environmental Protection Agency used in setting them.

On March 12, 2008, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson finalized updated NAAQS for ozone, a primary component of smog. The new ozone NAAQS are comprised of a revised primary standard to protect health and a revised secondary standard to protect the environment. In setting both standards, EPA Administrator Johnson did not accept the recommendations provided to him by EPA’s independent scientific review committee, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). With regard to the secondary standard, Administrator Johnson’s efforts to set a new standard were overruled by the White House.

In light of new information obtained by the Committee, questions also regarded the White House’s role in EPA’s action to block California’s program to regulate greenhouse gases from automobiles.

It's really exciting to see Congress doing its job for a change. It should have happened a long time ago, but I suppose it's better late than never. All jaded feelings aside, Henry Waxman's work is absolutely inspiring.

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