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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:31 am 
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Clean-Air Rules Protecting Parks Set to Be Eased

The Bush administration is on the verge of implementing new air quality rules that will make it easier to build power plants near national parks and wilderness areas, according to rank-and-file agency scientists and park managers who oppose the plan.

The new regulations, which are likely to be finalized this summer, rewrite a provision of the Clean Air Act that applies to "Class 1 areas," federal lands that currently have the highest level of protection under the law. Opponents predict the changes will worsen visibility at many of the nation's most prized tourist destinations.


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For almost 20 years now, visiting the Grand Canyon meant you could not drive to the rim. You had to park away from the rim and ride natural gas shuttles to the stops on the rim or walk to and between them. With this one change in regulations all that effort could be for naught with the firing up of coal plants on the Navajo reservation using all that stolen Peabody Coal.

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