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Delays of EPA rules anger environmentalists
By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2010

Reporting from Washington A recent spate of decisions by the Obama administration to delay crucial pollution regulations is helping mend fences with an alienated business community but is angering the president's allies in the environmental movement that helped him to victory in 2008.

Among the rules that the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed implementing have been stronger restrictions on air pollution and coal ash residue.

The delays come even as the administration and the agency are finding support in the courts. On Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington denied an effort led by Texas to stop the agency's regulation of greenhouse gases.

Still, energized congressional Republicans and their corporate allies relentlessly accuse the EPA of introducing legislation that they assert kills jobs, a claim they believe could resonate deeply with voters in a weak economy.

Moreover, new Republican leaders of key committees in the House of Representatives have vowed to scrutinize all major EPA regulations.

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