Monday, June 07, 2004

Who needs clean air anyway?

June 7 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Mexican trucks to begin shipping to destinations across the U.S., refusing to require an air-quality study sought by labor and environmental groups.

The nine justices unanimously agreed with the Bush administration, which argued that a comprehensive environmental analysis wasn't required under two federal statutes...

The Bush administration contended that any impact on air quality would be the result of the president's decision to open the border, not the agency's safety rules. Only federal agencies, not the White House, are required by law to issue environmental impact statements, the Justice Department said.

These guys have really made side-stepping rules an art form. Very impressive use of the Clean Air Act loopholes...