State of the Air in St. Louis: Bush Administration Changes Horses in Midstream
October 1, 2003
These days it seems as if the Bush Administration is comfortable changing positions and scientific arguments at the drop of a dime, as shown by its behavior regarding St. Louis’s air quality. In an early May 2003 victory, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the St. Louis region should not be given an extension to comply with clean air standards in a case where the Administration had argued that St. Louis needed more time to attain the standards. Now, in a suspicious reversal, the Administration has decided to redesignate St. Louis as an “attainment” area, or as an area that meets all air quality standards. Sierra Club has stepped in with a lawsuit challenging this redesignation.
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