EPA Eased Emissions Rules At Bush's Behest: Report

Law360, New York (November 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Federal documents have reportedly revealed that the Bush administration exerted pressure to exempt hundreds of factories from a lead emissions rule updated last month for the first time in 30 years.

The Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 24 it had obtained e-mails documenting pressure from the White House on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ease the rule's monitoring protocol.

EPA initially planned to mandate lead monitors for factories with lead emissions of about half a ton a year or more. But amid last-minute pressure from...
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