WASHINGTON - As promised, the Clinton administration last week issued clean-air rules that try to minimize the impact on small business.
The EPA said last week new local controls will not be required for the new ozone standards until 2004 and for particulates until 2005. Enforcement actions will not be taken until 2007 and 2008, respectively. In the meantime, the EPA said it would start a fresh review of the scientific basis for tougher rules.
All the same, congressional opponents of the new smog and soot standards, led by members of the president's own party, say they still want to overturn them.
'We intend to do all the things that are necessary to win,' said Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the House Commerce Committee and an ally of the auto industry.
Previously, he vowed 'to go to war' with President Clinton over the new standards on the grounds they would do economic harm but not improve public health.
Dingell said he will try to enact a bill that would prevent the EPA from imposing new ozone and particulate rules for four years. It also would authorize spending $75 million a year to study the severity of the pollutants and their effects on health.