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Obama asks EPA to withdraw Ozone Rule

President reverses air-quality standard critics said would limit industry expansion

President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday to remove an air-quality rule from implementation until a possible date in 2013 when the White House may revisit the regulation. The action coincided with last week’s dismal unemployment rate and is criticized as indicating precedence for expanding industry over the environment.

The EPA standard would decrease threatening smog levels, which has the potential to greatly improve the health of Americans while simultaneously costing $90 billion. Republican lawmakers and business groups agree with the President’s decision, saying the regulation would restrict new oil and gas projects that are expanding the industry.

Danielle Feinstein

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