Should EPA delay its air pollution rules?
That's the question posted for National Journal's Expert Bloggers today. Among the industry and environmental thought leaders who posted comments was EDF's own Fred Krupp. He pointed out that EPA delays are not the real problem:
EPA should move swiftly to put science-based human health protections in place for mercury, arsenic, acid gases and deadly particulates. But the bigger threat is that Congress might try to delay vital Clean Air Act protections for its own – decidedly non-scientific – reasons.
Fred cites a long list of health, environmental and economic benefits of the Clean Air Act, and then says:
Yet Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has announced that he will introduce legislation to delay EPA’s proposed Air Toxics Rule — even before EPA finishes the public notice and comment effort that’s currently underway, and in spite of the fact that the power plant Air Toxics Rule has been 21 years in the making … Congress should intervene if EPA is going too slowly and lives are being put at risk. But Congress should never delay vital health protections – not when we have time-tested bipartisan solutions that will save lives and strengthen our economy.
You can read Fred's full response, and the other expert opinions, on National Journal's Energy & Environment blog.