Congress may be stalled out, but the EPA certainly isn’t

The Environmental Protection Agency took a strategic timeout on their zealous regulatory agendain the run-up to last November’s election, lest their many ambitious plans for job-killing regulations should put a damper on President Obama’s prospects. Post-election, however, it has been full steam ahead for the independent agency, and they are finally starting to release some of the some of the rules and regulations to which we are all going to be forced to adjust over the coming years.

On Friday of last week, the EPA issued a new soot rule under the auspices of the all-purpose Clean Air Act, via Fox News:

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued its first major regulation since the Nov. 6 election, imposing new air quality rules on soot pollution in what critics called evidence of a post-election “regulatory cliff.”

The EPA rule reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.  …

But the new soot standard has been highly anticipated by environmental and business groups, who have battled over whether it will protect public health or cause job losses.

Read more at Hot Air. By Erika Johnsen.

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