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Despite court ruling, EPA won't move on greenhouse gases

Source:  Copyright 2008, McClatchy Newspapers
Date:  July 11, 2008
Byline:  Renee Schoof
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Despite a Supreme Court order telling it to act, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it couldn't propose any regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act because the issue was too complex and there were too many objections from other federal agencies.

Critics said the EPA announcement, contained in a 588-page report that calls for 120 days of public comment, was tantamount to the Bush administration refusing to carry out a Supreme Court order. But EPA administrator Stephen Johnson defended his agency's action by calling the Clean Air Act unsuited for the task.

"Based on the analyses to date, pursuing this course of action would take decades and inevitably result in a very complicated and likely convoluted set of regulations. If our nation is truly serious about regulating greenhouse gases, the Clean Air Act is the wrong tool for the job," Johnson said.

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