What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Enactment of Republican-Drafted Exemptions to the Clean Air Act for Polluters.
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H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Prevent Enactment of Republican-Drafted Exemptions to the Clean Air Act for Polluters.
senate Roll Call 12     Jan 22, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Senator John Edwards (D-NC) offered an amendment to the 2003 federal budget which: 1) delays implementation of rules changes to the New Source Review (NSR) section of the Clean Air Act proposed by Senator Inhofe (see Roll Call Vote 11); and 2) sanctions a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study of those rules changes. The new rules to the NSR allow sources of pollution (factories, etc.) to inflate their emissions baselines, or to be designated as so-called "clean units" for a decade or more. That way, even modifications that increase emissions will not trigger environmental review and the use of better, more effective pollution controls. The NSR program was created in 1977 to incorporate pollution controls whenever new facilities are built or when older ones are significantly modified as a way of controlling pollution. Progressives support strong environmental regulations and voted in favor of Edward's amendment to delay the implementation of the new rules until the NAS had a chance to study the issue in greater depth. The Edward's amendment failed by a 46-50 margin.

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