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Controversial Bush smog rule under review
EPA will look at the tougher standard its advisers proposed in 2008

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1:27 p.m. MT, Wed., Sept . 16, 2009

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Wednesday it will review a controversial Bush-era smog rule, saying it might have fallen short of scientific recommendations.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would propose any revisions by December and a final decision by next August.

"This is one of the most important protection measures we can take to safeguard our health and our environment," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. "Reconsidering these standards and ensuring acceptable levels of ground-level ozone could cut health care costs and make our cities healthier, safer places to live, work and play."

The Justice Department, in a brief filed Wednesday in a federal appeals court, went further, saying that the EPA believes the revision made by the Bush administration does not adhere to federal air pollution law. The brief is part of a lawsuit by environmental groups against the Bush-era rule.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32878841/ns/us_news-environ... /
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