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EPA to regulate pollutant without seeking congressional approval

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to regulate another pollutant without congressional approval last week.

The agency established new standards for nitrogen dioxide, a red gas identifiable by a strong odor. It’s an extremely common pollutant expelled by cars and burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Nitrogen dioxide is a weak greenhouse gas, but notable for its effect on the human respiratory system. Its emissions have been tied to breathing problems in children, especially those with asthma.

“Improving air quality is a top priority for this EPA,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “We’re moving into the clean, sustainable economy of the 21st century, defined by expanded innovation, stronger pollution standards and healthier communities.”


EPA spokesman Dave Ryan told The Daily Caller that the regulation was needed because scientific studies had shown that the previous nitrogen dioxide standard wasn’t enough, though he didn’t point to any specific studies. Long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide is widely believed to exacerbate respiratory problems.

By the EPA’s reading of the Clean Air Act they are allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whoever they want to do it to. The only thing they have to do is to claim they are fighting “pollution” and are removing a “health hazard”.

They do not even have to provide any proof that there is a hazard or to consider the costs of their regulation.

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