Today, President Obama decided to prevent a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on smog from taking effect, finding that the rule would be antithetical to the Administration's goal of "reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover."
The EPA rule, backed by the unanimous opinion of a panel of scientific advisers, aimed to reduce ground-level ozone concentrations and thus to cut back on smog, according to the AP report. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has stated that the current smog standard would be struck down by the courts because it was against the opinion of the independent panel of scientific advisers.
Following the White House announcement, a new standard for smog would be set out in 2013.
Though House Speaker John Boehner agreed with the White House's decision to scrap the smog standard, his spokesman Michael Steel said the action was not enough, and more cuts in regulation and taxes were necessary to create new jobs.
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