Isn’t it the EPA’s job to enforce the Clean Air Act?
It is the EPA’s job to enforce the Clean Air Act. However, the Clean Air Act is seriously at risk because the Administration and members of Congress are proposing new laws that would roll back existing requirements and allow more pollution – lasting longer than the Clean Air Act permits. Last year, the EPA reversed a provision of the Clean Air Act that would have required 17,000 of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest power plants and oil refineries to meet the same emission standards as newly built ones. These big polluters would have had loopholes big enough to drive a dirty 18-wheeler truck through. However, thanks to a lawsuit by the American Lung Association and others, the courts have delayed that change until the case can be heard. EPA’s continued delays in carrying out the existing provisions of the Clean Air Act mean that the government is not protecting public health by cleaning the air. New rules to clean up gasoline, cars and SUVs are going into effect. Rules to clean up diesel fu