The New York Times reports on the latest proposal from the EPA to regulate power-plant emissions and air quality:

The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.

The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration.

And some are not happy with the proposal. At all:

That above quote is from the National Association of Manufacturers National Association of Manufacturers which claims the move would “wipe out $3.4 trillion in economic output and 2.9 million jobs by 2040.

Ouch. More criticism:

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy defended the new regulations in this op-ed for CNN:

An excerpt:

So today, following science and the law, I am proposing to update national ozone pollution standards to clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk — our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma.

Because “science.”

McCarthy is due to hold a call with the media at 11:00 a.m. EST and we’ll learn more then.

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