Press Release

NRDC Tells President to Reject Industry Attempts to Undermine Clean Air Act

David Hawkins, director of the NRDC Climate Change Center, 202-289-2400; John Walke, director of NRDC's Clean Air Project, 202-289-2406

In an open letter delivered late this afternoon, NRDC President John Adams asked President Bush to reject industry lobbyists' attempts to block enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

Recent news stories have reported that oil, coal and electric utility lobbyists are urging Vice President Cheney's energy task force to interfere with Clean Air Act enforcement actions that the Justice Department, various states, NRDC and other groups are prosecuting in federal court. The plaintiffs in these cases are charging that older "grandfathered" power plants and refineries have undertaken major facility upgrades without installing modern pollution controls, as mandated by the Clean Air Act.

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