Bush-Era Smog Standard Upheld

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2013)—The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington Tuesday has upheld a 2008 Bush-era air pollution standard that the Obama administration vowed to strengthen, but then later decided to leave in place.

The court rejected arguments that the ozone standard for public health set by the Bush administration was either too weak or too strong.

The EPA's scientific advisory panel at the time said the standard should have been more stringent, but the court said it cannot demand that the EPA get things "just right."

The Obama administration proposed in January 2010 to tighten the smog standard at a cost of $90 billion a year, but 18 months later, the White House tabled the plans after businesses and congressional Republicans said it would harm the economy.

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