…find anything the government does that works and break it. I really never thought that we would be debating lead standards:
The Bush administration is considering doing away with health standards that cut lead from gasoline, widely regarded as one of the nation’s biggest clean-air accomplishments.
Battery makers, lead smelters, refiners all have lobbied the administration to do away with the Clean Air Act limits.
A preliminary staff review released by the Environmental Protection Agency this week acknowledged the possibility of dropping the health standards for lead air pollution. The agency says revoking those standards might be justified “given the significantly changed circumstances since lead was listed in 1976” as an air pollutant.
This administration never ceases to shock me. This is one of the more successful child-focused public health initiatives developed in the U.S. If you reduce the health standards, there will be more lead in the environment. This is bad. Do the Republicans really believe the rich will be able to buy their own bottled air?