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Washington, D.C., January 22, 2003—On issues ranging from arsenic in drinking water to chemical plant security, a Competitive Enterprise Institute policy analyst gives the Bush administration a near-failing midterm grade  on its handling of environmental policy. CEI’s director of risk and environmental policy, Angela Logomasini, analyzed the administration’s decisions in five areas for a report card  released today by PERC—The Center for Free Market Environmentalism. The full report card is available online .<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
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Chemical Plant Security
The administration deserves credit for opposing legislation that would reduce or phase out life-saving chemicals, and for efforts to protect private information that could assist terrorists.
The administration’s standard for arsenic in drinking water promises to diminish public health by raising costs of living for poor, rural families, and other Americans on fixed incomes.
The administration’s signing of the treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) promises to make malaria control more difficult because of regulations on DDT. The administration deserves credit for opposing legislation that would allow international negotiators to impose more bans on the United States without Congressional approval.
The administration’s initiative on cleaning up abandoned sites promises to make cleanup more difficult. The administration earned points for opposing the Superfund tax, which unjustly taxes innocent parties.
The administration’s approval of the Clinton Administration’s rule on reporting of lead “releases” under the Toxics Release Inventory will cost small businesses considerably, yet provides no measurable public health benefit.
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