New Limit for Smog-Causing Emissions Isn’t as Strict as Many Had Expected (The New York Times)

The new rule, set at the weakest standard in the range recommended by E.P.A.’s scientists, suggests that the industry groups were influential. The industry lobbies said they were disappointed that the standard had been tightened at all, but pleased that the new rule represents the least stringent of the options on the table.

“Today, the Obama Administration finalized a rule that is overly burdensome, costly and misguided,” said Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers. “For months, the administration threatened to impose on manufacturers an even harsher rule, with even more devastating consequences. After an unprecedented level of outreach by manufacturers and other stakeholders, the worst-case scenario was avoided,” he said.

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